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Finis

1Now it's over, and now it's done;
2    Why does everything look the same?
3Just as bright, the unheeding sun, --
4    Can't it see that the parting came?
5People hurry and work and swear,
6    Laugh and grumble and die and wed,
7Ponder what they will eat and wear, --
8    Don't they know that our love is dead?
9Just as busy, the crowded street;
10    Cars and wagons go rolling on,
11Children chuckle, and lovers meet, --
12    Don't they know that our love is gone?
13No one pauses to pay a tear;
14    None walks slow, for the love that's through, --
15I might mention, my recent dear,
16    I've reverted to normal, too.
 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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