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The Petition

1Oh, tell me less or tell me more,
2Soft eyes with mystery at the core,
3That always seem to meet my own
4Frankly as pansies fully blown,
5Yet waver still 'tween no and yes!
6So swift to cavil and deny,
7Then parley with concessions shy,
8Dear eyes, that share their youth with mine
9And through my inmost shadows shine,
10Oh, tell me more or tell me less!
 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
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