Ezra Pound





from Canto XXX

Compleynt, compleynt I hearde upon a day,
Artemis singing, Artemis, Artemis
Agaynst Pity lifted her wail:
Pity causeth the forests to fail.
Pity slayeth my nymphs,
Pity spareth so many an evil thing.
Pity befouleth April,
Pity is the root and the spring.
Now if no fayre creature followeth me
It is on account of Pity,
It is on account that Pity forbideth them slaye.
All things are made foul in this season,
This is the reason, none may seek purity
Having for foulnesse pity
And things growne awry;
No more do my shaftes fly
To slay. Nothing is now clean slayne
But rotteth away.

In Paphos, on a day
                                 I also heard:
...goeth not with young Mars to playe
But she hath pity on a doddering fool,
She tendeth his fyre,
She keepeth his embers warm.

Time is evil.    Evil.
                               A day, and a day
Walked the young Pedro baffled,
                               a day and a day
After Ignez was murdered.
Came the Lords in Lisboa
                               a day, and a day
In homage.      Seated there
                               dead eyes,
Dead hair under the crown,
The King still young there beside her.