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Madam Life's a Piece in Bloom

Largo e mesto
1   Madam Life's a piece in bloom
2     Death goes dogging everywhere:
3She's the tenant of the room,
4     He's the ruffian on the stair.
5   You shall see her as a friend,
6You shall bilk him once or twice;
7   But he'll trap you in the end,
8And he'll stick you for her price.
9With his kneebones at your chest,
10    And his knuckles in your throat,
11You would reason -- plead -- protest!
12   Clutching at her petticoat;
13   But she's heard it all before,
14Well she knows you've had your fun,
15    Gingerly she gains the door,
16And your little job is done.
 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