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Recueillement

2Tu réclamais le Soir; il descend; le voici:
3Une atmosphère obscure enveloppe la ville,
4Aux uns portant la paix, aux autres le souci.
5Pendant que des mortels la multitude vile,
6Sous le fouet du Plaisir, ce bourreau sans merci,
7Va cueillir des remords dans la fête servile,
8Ma Douleur, donne-moi la main; viens par ici,
9Loin d'eux. Vois se pencher les défuntes Années,
10Sur les balcons du ciel, en robes surannées;
11Surgir du fond des eaux le Regret souriant;
12Le Soleil moribond s'endormir sous une arche,
13Et, comme un long linceul traînant à l'Orient
14Entends, ma chère, entends la douce Nuit qui marche.

Notes

1] Sois sage: Be good (This is the way one would speak to a child.) 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
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