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Short poem

Ezra Loomis Pound (1885-1972)


              1Go, dumb-born book,
              2Tell her that sang me once that song of Lawes:
              3Hadst thou but song
              4As thou hast subjects known,
              5Then were there cause in thee that should condone
              6Even my faults that heavy upon me lie
              7And build her glories their longevity.
              8Tell her that sheds
              9Such treasure in the air,
            10Recking naught else but that her graces give
            11Life to the moment,
            12I would bid them live
            13As roses might, in magic amber laid,
            14Red overwrought with orange and all made
            15One substance and one colour
            16Braving time.
            17Tell her that goes
            18With song upon her lips
            19But sings not out the song, nor knows
            20The maker of it, some other mouth,
            21May be as fair as hers,
            22Might, in new ages, gain her worshippers,
            23When our two dusts with Waller's shall be laid,
            24Siftings on siftings in oblivion,
            25Till change hath broken down
            26All things save Beauty alone.


1] Pound echoes the song "Go Lovely Rose" by Edmund Waller (1606-87), set to music by Henry Lawes (1596-1662)

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: E. P. [Ezra Pound], Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (London: The Ovid Press, April 23, 1920): 9028. del P685 H84 1920 Fisher Rare Book Library (no 42. of 200).
First publication date: 1920
Publication date note: See Gallup A19
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 4:2002/4/15

Rhyme: irregular couplets and quatrains

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