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Cantico del Sole

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The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation
                      Troubles my sleep,
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation
                      Troubles my sleep.
Nunc dimittis, now lettest thou thy servant,
Now lettest thou thy servant
                      Depart in peace.
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation . . .
                      Oh well!
                      It troubles my sleep.

Ezra Pound, "Cantico del Sole" from Personae, copyright 1926 by Ezra Pound. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Source: Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (The Library of America, 2003)
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