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Astrophel and Stella: 27

1Because I oft in darke abstracted guise,
2Seeme most alone in greatest companie
3With dearth of words, or answers quite awrie,
5They deeme, and of their doome the rumour flies,
7So in my swelling breast that onely I
8Fawne on me selfe, and others do despise:
9Yet pride I thinke doth not my soule possesse,
10Which lookes too oft in his vnflattring glasse:
11But one worse fault Ambition I confesse,
13Vnseene, vnheard, while thought to highest place
14Bends all his powers, euen vnto Stellas grace.


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 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