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Canto Xlix: For The Seven Lakes

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For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses:
Rain; empty river; a voyage,
Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilight
Under the cabin roof was one lantern.
The reeds are heavy; bent;
and the bamboos speak as if weeping.

Autumn moon; hills rise about lakes
against sunset
Evening is like a curtain of cloud,
a blurr above ripples; and through it
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Fabrizio Frosini 29 January 2016
also this Canto has already been posted - as ' Canto 49 '
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Tom White 30 June 2007
This is a truly lovely example of Pound's work in the Chinese tone, and for me it is a superb summary of what I think of as the true ethos of humanity: love of land, lakes, hills, light, hearth, travel, PEACE. The last few lines are ones I have remembered for 50 years and wish all our war gang could come to believe: imperial power is? and to us what is it?
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