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Love in Thy Youth, Fair Maid; Be Wise

1Love in thy youth, fair maid; be wise,
2    Old Time will make thee colder,
3And though each morning new arise
4    Yet we each day grow older.
5Thou as heaven art fair and young,
6    Thine eyes like twin stars shining:
7But ere another day be sprung,
8    All these will be declining.
9Then winter comes with all his fears
10    And all thy sweets shall borrow;
11Too late then wilt thou shower thy tears,
12    And I too late shall sorrow.
 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