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Three Cantos (Ur-Cantos)

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A Draft of XXX Cantos I-XXX

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Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI

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Fifth Decad of Cantos XLII-LI

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Cantos LII to LXXI

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Italian Cantos: LXXII-LXXIII

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Pisan Cantos LXXIV-LXXXIV

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Rock Drill: LXXXV-XCV

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Thrones: Cantos XCVI-CIX

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XXVII

  

  1. Formando di disio nuova persona

  2. One man is dead, and another has rotted his end off

  3. Et quant au troisième

  4. Il est tombé dans le

  5. De sa femme, on ne le reverra

  6. Pas, oth fugol ouitbaer:

  7. "Observed that the paint was

  8. Three quarters of an inch thick and concluded,

  9. As they were being rammed through, the age of that

  10. Cruiser." "Referred to no longer as

  11. The goddamned Porta-goose, but as

  12. England's oldest ally." "At rests in calm zone

  13. If possible, the men are to be fed and relaxed,

  14. The officers on the contrary ..."

  15. Ten million germs in his face,

  16. "That is part of the risk and happens

  17. "About twice a year in tubercular research, Dr. Spahlinger ..."

  18. "J'ai obtenu" said M. Curie, or some other scientist

  19. "A burn that cost me six months in curing,"

  20. And continued his experiments.

  21. England off there in black darkness,

  22. Russia off there in black darkness,

  23. The last crumbs of civilization ...

  24. And they elected a Prince des Penseurs

  25. Because there were so damn many princes,

  26. And they elected a Monsieur Brisset

  27. Who held that man is descended from frogs;

  28. And there was a cracked concierge that they

  29. Nearly got into the Deputies,

  30. To protest against the earthquake in Messina.

  31. The Bucintoro sang it in that year,

  32. 1908, 1909, 1910, and there was

  33. An old washerwoman beating her washboard,

  34. That would be 1920, with a cracked voice,

  35. Singing "Stretti!" and that was the last

  36. Till this year, '27, Hotel Angioli, in Milan,

  37. With an air Clara d'Ellébeuse,

  38. With their lakelike and foxlike eyes,

  39. With an air "Benette joue la Valse des Elfes"

  40. In the salotto of that drummer's hotel,

  41. Two young ladies with their air de province:

  42. "No, we are Croat merchants, commercianti,

  43. "There is nothing strange in our history."

  44. "No, not to sell, but to buy."

  45. And there was that music publisher,

  46. The fellow that brought back the shrunk Indian head

  47. Boned, oiled, from Bolivia, said:

  48. "Yes, I went out there. Couldn't make out the trade,

  49. Long after we'd melt up the plates,

  50. Get an order, 200 copies, Peru,

  51. Or some station in Chile."

  52. Took out Floradora in sheets,

  53. And brought back a red-headed mummy.

  54. With an air Clara d'Ellébeuse, singing "Stretti."

  55. Sed et universus quoque ecclesiae populus,

  56. All rushed out and built the duomo,

  57. Went as one man without leaders

  58. And the perfect measure took form;

  59. "Glielmo ciptadin" says the stone," the author

  60. "And Nicolao was the carver"

  61. Whatever the meaning may be.

  62. And they wrote for year after year.

  63. Refining the criterion,

  64. Or they rose as the tops subsided;

  65. Brumaire, Fructidor, Petrograd.

  66. And Tovarisch lay in the wind

  67. And the sun lay over the wind,

  68. And three forms became in the air

  69. And hovered about him,

  70.                                so that he said:

  71. This machinery is very ancient,

  72.                                          surely we have heard this before.

  73. And the waves like a forest

  74. Where the wind is weightless in the leaves

  75. But moving,

  76.               so that the sound runs upon sound.

  77.               Xarites, born of Venus and wine.

  78. Carved stone upon stone.

  79. But in sleep, in the waking dream,

  80. Petal'd the air;

  81.                 twig where but wind-streak had been;

  82. Moving bough without root,

  83.                                             by Helios.

  84. So that the Xarites bent over tovarisch.

  85. And these are the labours of tovarisch,

  86. That tovarisch lay in the earth,

  87. And rose, and wrecked the house of the tyrants,

  88. And that tovarisch then lay in the earth

  89. And the Xarites bent over tovarisch.

  90. These are the labours of tovarisch,

  91. That tovarisch wrecked the house of the tyrants,

  92. And rose, and talked folly on folly,

  93. And walked forth and lay in the earth

  94.                  And the Xarites bent over tovarisch.

  95. And that tovarisch cursed and blessed without aim,

  96.                   These are the labours of tovarisch,

  97. Saying:

  98.                 "Me Cadmus sowed in the earth

  99.                  And with the thirtieth autumn

  100. I return to the earth that made me.

  101. Let the five last build the wall;

  102. I neither build nor reap.

  103. That he came with the gold ships, Cadmus,

  104. That he fought with the wisdom,

  105. Cadmus, of the gilded prows. Nothing I build

  106. And I reap

  107. Nothing; with the thirtieth autumn

  108. I sleep, I sleep not, I rot

  109. And I build no wall.

  110.                 Where was the wall of Eblis

  111. At Ventadour, there now are the bees,

  112. And in that court, wild grass for their pleasure

  113. That they carry back to the crevice

  114. Where loose stone hangs upon stone.

  115. I sailed never with Cadmus,

  116.                  lifted never stone above stone."

  117. "Baked and eaten tovarisch!

  118. "Baked and eaten, tovarisch, my boy,

  119. "That is your story. And up again,

  120. "Up and at 'em. Laid never stone upon stone."

  121. "The air burst into leaf."

  122. "Hung there flowered acanthus,

  123. "Can you tell the down from the up?"