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Remember

1Remember me when I am gone away,
2      Gone far away into the silent land;
3      When you can no more hold me by the hand,
4Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
5Remember me when no more day by day
6      You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
7      Only remember me; you understand
8It will be late to counsel then or pray.
9Yet if you should forget me for a while
10      And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
11      For if the darkness and corruption leave
12      A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
13Better by far you should forget and smile
14      Than that you should remember and be sad.
 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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