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Fancy and the Poet

                     Poet --
1Enchanting spirit! -- at thy votive shrine
4Thy airy fingers o'er my rugged string;
5Sweep the dark chords of thought and give to earth
                      Fancy --
7Happiness when from earth she fled
8    I passed on her heavenward flight --
11To the sons of sorrow the token give,
12And bid them follow my steps and live!" --
15I turned this dark earth to a fairy land
16    When I hither drive my car;
18And man only saw its reflected light --
19Many a lovely dream I've given,
20    And many a song divine;
22    Shall mortals temples twine --
23Hope and love in the circlet glow!
                        Poet --
25Hist -- Beautiful spirit! -- why silent so soon?
27My lyre owns thy touch -- and its tremulous strings
29Resume thy sweet lay, and reveal, ere we part
30Thy home lovely spirit -- and say what thou art?" --
                        Fancy --
32Of an eye 'neath its sleeping lid,
34    The voice of a stream that's hid;
35Such must I still remain to thee
36A wonder and a mystery! --
37I live in the poet's dream
38    I flash on the painter's eye;
39I dwell in the moon's pale beam,
40    In the depths of the star lit sky;
41I traverse the earth, the air, the main,
44    My voice is in ev'ry breeze;
45I speak in the tempest loud,
48I tell of a world more bright than their own! --


2] a: one 1831. Back to Line
3] Come from the: come from thy 1831. Back to Line
6] thrilling: wild sweet 1831. Back to Line
9] crown: wreath 1831. Back to Line
10] Of heaven's own golden light --: And bathe it in floods of light 1831. Back to Line
13] crown from the snowy hand: wreath from her radiant hand 1831. Back to Line
14] It flashed like a living star: Each flower was a silver star 1831. Back to Line
17] placed the crown: wove the wreath 1831. Back to Line
21] gift: wreath 1831. Back to Line
24] circlet: chapet 1831. Back to Line
26] ear: soul 1831. Back to Line
28] Vibrate: Still vibrate 1831. Back to Line
31] thou: which thou 1831. Back to Line
33] sound: tune 1831. Back to Line
42] magic: golden 1831. Back to Line
43] fleecy: crimson 1831. Back to Line
46] waving: wind-stirred 1831. Back to Line
47] mystic: magic 1831. Back to Line
 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