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The Foreign Land

1A woman is a foreign land,
2    Of which, though there he settle young,
3A man will ne'er quite understand
4    The customs, politics, and tongue.
5The foolish hie them post-haste through,
6    See fashions odd, and prospects fair,
7Learn of the language, "How d'ye do,"
8    And go and brag they have been there.
9The most for leave to trade apply,
10    For once, at Empire's seat, her heart,
11Then get what knowledge ear and eye
12    Glean chancewise in the life-long mart.
13And certain others, few and fit,
14    Attach them to the Court, and see
15The Country's best, its accent hit,
16    And partly sound its polity.
 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