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Paradis peint, où sont harpes et luths

(François Villon. Ballade pour prier Notre Dame. Grand Testament.

Ezra Pound. “Notre Dame du ciel.” Le Testament de François Villon [opera] 1921, 1923, 1926, 1931)


I don’t know how humanity stands it
           with a painted paradise at the end of it
           without a painted paradise at the end of it

(Canto LXXIV)


Le paradis n’est pas artificiel,
l’enfer non plus.

(Canto LXXVI)



CANTO XXIV [Niccolò d'Este, Ferrara and The Schifanoia Palace]

CANTO XXXIX [lotus eaters versus swine in Circe’s pigsty]

CANTO XLV [art before usury]


Cantos in periodicals

Three Cantos (Ur-Cantos)

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A Draft of XXX Cantos

A Draft of XVI Cantos


Eleven New Cantos

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The Fifth Decad

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Cantos LII - LXXI

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