The sunday poem: From Canto xlv
Usura was the name given to lending at interest, which in the Catholic Middle Ages was a mortal sin. Pound, a follower of the amateur economist CH Douglas, whose theories of social credit gained a wide popular following between the wars certainly believed this also. His economics have been much debated by people who know nothing of economic science and others who have little sensitivity to poetry.
Published 17/04/2011 | 05:00
With usura hath no man a house of good stone
each block cut smooth and well-fitting
that design might cover their face...
No picture is made to endure nor to live with
but it is made to sell and sell quickly
with usura, sin against nature,
is thy bread evermore of stale rags
is thy bread dry as paper,
with no mountain wheat, no strong flour
with usura the line grows thick
with usura is no clear demarcation
and no man can find site for his dwelling.
Stone-cutter is kept from his stone
weaver is kept from his loom...
Usura rusteth the chisel
it rusteth the craft and the craftsman
it gnaweth the thread in the loom...
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