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The Rain and the Wind

1The rain and the wind, the wind and the rain --
2    They are with us like a disease:
3They worry the heart, they work the brain,
4As they shoulder and clutch at the shrieking pane,
5    And savage the helpless trees.
6What does it profit a man to know
7    These tattered and tumbling skies
8A million stately stars will show,
9And the ruining grace of the after-glow
10    And the rush of the wild sunrise?
11Ever the rain -- the rain and the wind!
12    Come, hunch with me over the fire,
13Dream of the dreams that leered and grinned,
14Ere the blood of the Year got chilled and thinned,
15    And the death came on desire!
 What thou lovest well remains,
                  the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
                or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
    Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
Ezra Pound Pisan Cantos, LXXXI