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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
286. Ortus
By Ezra Pound
HOW have I labored?
How have I not labored
To bring her soul to birth,
To give these elements a name and a centre!
She is beautiful as the sunlight, and as fluid.        5
She has no name, and no place.
How have I labored to bring her soul into separation;
To give her a name and her being!
Surely you are bound and entwined,
You are mingled with the elements unborn;        10
I have loved a stream and a shadow.
I beseech you enter your life.
I beseech you learn to say “I”
When I question you:
For you are no part, but a whole;        15
No portion, but a being.


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