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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. ABANDON ALL HOPE ALL YE THAT ENTER HERE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To die - for this into the world you came
Last Line: And open for ever.
Subject(s): Abandonment; Desertion


TO die—for this into the world you came.
Yes, to abandon more than you ever conceived as possible:
All ideals, plans—even the very best and most unselfish-all hopes and
desires,
All formulas of morality, all reputation for virtue or consistency or good
sense; all cherished theories, doctrines, systems of knowledge,
Modes of life, habits, predilections, preferences, superiorities,
weaknesses, indulgences,
Good health, wholeness of limb and brain, youth, manhood, age—nay life
itself—in one word: To die—
For this into the world you came.

All to be abandoned, and when they have been finally abandoned,
Then to return to be used—and then only to be rightly used, to be free
and open for ever.





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