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To Robert Browning

1There is delight in singing, tho' none hear
2Beside the singer; and there is delight
3In praising, tho' the praiser sit alone
4And see the prais'd far off him, far above.
5Shakspeare is not our poet, but the world's,
6Therefore on him no speech! and brief for thee,
7Browning! Since Chaucer was alive and hale,
8No man hath walkt along our roads with step
9So active, so inquiring eye, or tongue
11Give brighter plumage, stronger wing: the breeze
12Of Alpine highths thou playest with, borne on
13Beyond Sorrento and Amalfi, where
14The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.

Notes

10] Browning had just married and gone to Italy. 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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