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  1. Great bulk, huge mass, thesaurus;
  2. Ecbatan, the clock ticks and fades out
  3. The bride awaiting the god's touch; Ecbatan,
  4. City of patterned streets; again the vision:
  5. Down in the viæ stradæ, toga'd the crowd, and arm'd,
  6. Rushing on populous business,
  7. and from parapet looked down
  8. and North was Egypt,
  9.                  the celestial Nile, blue deep,
  10.                  cutting low barren land,
  11. Old men and camels
  12.                                        working the water-wheels;
  13. Measureless seas and stars,
  14. Iamblichus' light,
  15.                    the souls ascending,
  16. Sparks like a partridge covey,
  17.                     Like the "ciocco", brand struck in the game.
  18. "Et omniformis": Air, fire, the pale soft light.
  19. Topaz I manage, and three sorts of blue;
  20.                   but on the barb of time.
  21. The fire? always, and the vision always,
  22. Ear dull, perhaps, with the vision, flitting
  23. And fading at will.         Weaving with points of gold,
  24. Gold-yellow, saffron ...         The roman shoe, Aurunculeia's
  25. And come shuffling feet, and cries "Da nuces!
  26. "Nuces!" praise, and Hymenæus "brings the girl to her man"
  27. Or  "here Sextus had seen her."
  28. Titter of sound about me, always.
  29.                 and from "Hesperus ..."
  30. Hush of the older song:     "Fades light from sea-crest,
  31. "And in Lydia walks with pair'd women
  32. "Peerless among the pairs, that once in Sardis
  33. "In satieties ...
  34.                 Fades the light from the sea, and many things
  35. "Are set abroad and brought to mind of thee,"
  36. And the vinestocks lie untended, new leaves come to the shoots,
  37. North wind nips on the bough, and seas in heart
  38. Toss up chill crests,
  39.                    And the vine stocks lie untended
  40. And many things are set abroad and brought to mind
  41. Of thee, Atthis, unfruitful.
  42.                    The talks ran long in the night.
  43. And from Mauleon, fresh with a new earned grade,
  44. In maze of approaching rain-steps, Poicebot---
  45. The air was full of women,
  46.                    And Savairic Mauleon
  47. Gave him his land and knight's fee, and he wed the woman.
  48. Came lust of travel on him, of romerya;
  49. And out of England a knight with slow-lifting eyelids
  50. Lei fassa furar a del, put glamour upon her ...
  51. And left her an eight months gone.
  52.                    "Came lust of woman upon him,"
  53. Poicebot, now on North road from Spain
  54. (Sea-change, a grey in the water)
  55.                      And in small house by town's edge
  56. Found a woman, changed and familiar face;
  57. Hard night, and parting at morning.

  58. And Pieire won the singing, Pieire de Maensac,
  59. Song or land on the throw, and was dreitz hom
  60. And had De Tierci's wife and with the war they made:
  61. Troy in Auvergnat
  62. While Menelaus piled up the church at port
  63. He kept Tyndarida. Dauphin stood with de Maensac.

  64. John Borgia is bathed at last.      (Clock-tick pierces the vision)
  65. Tiber, dark with the cloak, wet cat gleaming in patches.
  66. Click of the hooves, through garbage,
  67. Clutching the greasy stone.      "And the cloak floated."
  68. Slander is up betimes.
  69.                    But Varchi of Florence,
  70. Steeped in a different year, and pondering Brutus,
  71. Then "! Σíγα μαλ' αὖθιs δευtὲραν
  72. "Dog-eye!!"     (to Alessandro)
  73.                  "Whether for love of Florence," Varchi leaves it,
  74. Saying "I saw the man, came up with him at Venice,
  75. "I, one wanting the facts,
  76. "And no mean labour ...     Or for a privy spite?"
  77. Our Benedetto leaves it,
  78. But: "I saw the man. Se pia?
  79. "O empia? For Lorenzaccio had thought of stroke in the open
  80. But uncertain (for the Duke went never unguarded)
  81. "And would have thrown him from wall
  82. "Yet feared this might not end him," or lest Alessandro
  83. Know not by whom death came, O se credesse
  84. "If when the foot slipped, when death came upon him,
  85. "Lest cousin Duke Alessandro think he had fallen alone,
  86. "No friend to aid him in falling."
  87.                                                                                   Caina attende.
  88. The lake of ice there below me.
  89. And all of this, runs Varchi, dreamed out beforehand
  90. In Perugia, caught in the star-maze by Del Carmine,
  91. Cast on a natal paper, set with an exegesis, told,
  92. All told to Alessandro, told thrice over,
  93. Who held his death for a doom.
  94. In abuleia. But Don Lorenzino
  95. Whether for love of Florence ...  but
  96. "O se morisse, credesse caduto da sè"
  97. Σíγα, σíγα
  98. Schiavoni, caught on the wood-barge,
  99. Gives out the afterbirth, Giovanni Borgia,
  100. Trails out no more at nights, where Barabello
  101. Prods the Pope's elephant, and gets no crown, where Mozarello
  102. Takes the Calabrian roadway, and for ending
  103. Is smothered beneath a mule,
  104.                       a poet's ending,
  105. Down a stale well-hole, oh a poet's ending. "Sanazarro
  106. "Alone out of all the court was faithful to him"
  107. For the gossip of Naples' trouble drifts to North,
  108. Fracastor (lightning was midwife) Cotta, and Ser D'Alviano,
  109. Al poco giorno ed al gran cerchio d'ombra,
  110. Talk the talks out with Navighero,
  111. Burner of yearly Martials,
  112.                    (The slavelet is mourned in vain)
  113. And the next comer says    "Were nine wounds,
  114. "Four men, white horse.    Held on the saddle before him ..."
  115. Hooves clink and slick on the cobbles.
  116. Schiavoni ... cloak ...    "Sink the damn thing!"
  117. Splash wakes that chap on the wood-barge.
  118. Tiber catching the nap, the moonlit velvet,
  119. A wet cat gleaming in patches.
  120.                   "Se pia," Varchi,
  121. "O empia, ma risoluto
  122. "E terribile deliberazione."
  123.                    Both sayings run in the wind,
  124. Ma se morisse!