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Tender Mercies, on my Way

1Tender mercies, on my way
2   Falling softly like the dew,
3Sent me freshly every day,
4   I will bless the Lord for you.
5Though I have not all I would,
6   Though to greater bliss I go,
7Every present gift of good
8   To Eternal Love I owe.
9Source of all that comforts me,
10   Well of joy for which I long,
11Let the song I sing to Thee
12   Be an everlasting song.
 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