Constantine P. Cavafy
The Retinue Of Dionysos	 by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Retinue Of Dionysos by Constantine P. Cavafy

Damon the craftsman (none betterin the Peloponnese) is giving the last touchesto his Retinue of Dionysoscarved in Parian marble: the god leadingin divine glory, with power in his ...

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‘The Rest I Will Tell To Those Down In Hades’ by Constantine P. Cavafy

‘The Rest I Will Tell To Those Down In Hades’ by Constantine P. Cavafy

'Indeed,' said the proconsul, closing the book, 'This line is beautiful and very true. Sophocles wrote it in a deeply philosophic mood. How much we'll tell down there, how ...

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Before The Statue Of Endymion by Constantine P. Cavafy

Before The Statue Of Endymion by Constantine P. Cavafy

I have come from Miletos to Latmos on a white chariot drawn by four snow-white mules, all their trappings silver. I sailed from Alexandria in a purple trireme to perform ...

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Ithaca by Constantine P. Cavafy

Ithaca by Constantine P. Cavafy

When you set out for Ithakaask that your way be long,full of adventure, full of instruction.The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,angry Poseidon - do not fear them:such as these you ...

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Dangerous Things by Constantine P. Cavafy

Dangerous Things by Constantine P. Cavafy

Said Myrtias (a Syrian studentin Alexandria; in the reign ofAugustus Constans and Augustus Constantius;in part a pagan, and in part a christian);"Fortified by theory and study,I ...

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Body Remember by Constantine P. Cavafy

Body Remember by Constantine P. Cavafy

Body, remember not only how much you were loved not only the beds you lay on. but also those desires glowing openly in eyes that looked at you, trembling for you in voices- only ...

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Addition by Constantine P. Cavafy

Addition by Constantine P. Cavafy

I do not question whether I am happy or unhappy.Yet there is one thing that I keep gladly in mind --that in the great addition (their addition that I abhor)that has so many ...

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Alexandrian Kings by Constantine P. Cavafy

Alexandrian Kings by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Alexandrians were gatheredto see Cleopatra's children,Caesarion, and his little brothers,Alexander and Ptolemy, whom for the firsttime they lead out to the Gymnasium,there to ...

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An Old Man by Constantine P. Cavafy

An Old Man by Constantine P. Cavafy

At the noisy end of the cafe, head bentover the table, an old man sits alone,a newspaper in front of him.And in the miserable banality of old agehe thinks how little he enjoyed ...

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As Much As You Can by Constantine P. Cavafy

As Much As You Can by Constantine P. Cavafy

And if you can't shape your life the way you want,at least try as much as you cannot to degrade itby too much contact with the world,by too much activity and talk.Try not to ...

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Candles by Constantine P. Cavafy

Candles by Constantine P. Cavafy

The days of the future stand in front of usLike a line of candles all alight----Golden and warm and lively little candles.The days that are past are left behind,A mournful row of ...

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Desires by Constantine P. Cavafy

Desires by Constantine P. Cavafy

Like beautiful bodies of the dead, who had not grown oldand they shut them with tears, in a magnificent mausoleum,with roses at the head and jasmine at the feet --that is how ...

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The God Abandons Anthony by Constantine P. Cavafy

The God Abandons Anthony by Constantine P. Cavafy

When suddenly, at midnight, you hearan invisible procession going bywith exquisite music, voices,don't mourn your luck that's failing now,work gone wrong, your plansall proving ...

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Che Fece by Constantine P. Cavafy

Che Fece by Constantine P. Cavafy

For some people the day comeswhen they have to declare the great Yesor the great No. It's clear at once who has the Yesready within him; and saying it,he goes from honor to honor, ...

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Footsteps by Constantine P. Cavafy

Footsteps by Constantine P. Cavafy

On an ebony bed decoratedwith coral eagles, sound asleep liesNero --- unconscious, quiet, and blissful;thriving in the vigor of flesh,and in the splendid power of youth.But in the ...

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The City by Constantine P. Cavafy

The City by Constantine P. Cavafy

You said, "I will go to another land, I will go to another sea.Another city will be found, a better one than this.Every effort of mine is a condemnation of fate;and my heart is -- ...

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I Went by Constantine P. Cavafy

I Went by Constantine P. Cavafy

I was not bound. I let myself go completely; wentTo those indulgences, half actual,And half were turned about in my own brain;Went into the illuminated night;And drank strong ...

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The Mirror In The Hall by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Mirror In The Hall by Constantine P. Cavafy

The rich house had in the hallAn enormous mirror, very old;Bought at least eighty years ago.A very handsome boy, assistant at a tailor’s(On Sundays an amateur athlete),Was ...

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Sensual Pleasures by Constantine P. Cavafy

Sensual Pleasures by Constantine P. Cavafy

My life's joy and incense: recollection of those hours when I found and captured pleasure as I wanted it. My life's joy and incense: that I refused all indulgence in routine love ...

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Walls by Constantine P. Cavafy

Walls by Constantine P. Cavafy

With no consideration, no pity, no shame,they have built walls around me, thick and high.And now I sit here feeling hopeless.I can't think of anything else: this fate gnaws my ...

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In Despair by Constantine P. Cavafy

In Despair by Constantine P. Cavafy

He has lost him completely. And now he is seekingon the lips of every new loverthe lips of his beloved; in the embraceof every new lover he seeks to be deludedthat ...

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Anna Comnena by Constantine P. Cavafy

Anna Comnena by Constantine P. Cavafy

In the prologue to her Alexiad,Anna Comnena laments her widowhood.Her soul is dizzy. "And with riversof tears," she tells us "I wetmy eyes... Alas for the waves" in her life,"alas ...

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Morning Sea by Constantine P. Cavafy

Morning Sea by Constantine P. Cavafy

Let me stop here. Let me, too, look at nature awhile.The brilliant blue of the morning sea, of the cloudless sky,the yellow shore; all lovely,all bathed in light.Let me stand ...

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Caesarion by Constantine P. Cavafy

Caesarion by Constantine P. Cavafy

Partly to verify an era,partly also to pass the time,last night I picked up a collectionof Ptolemaic epigrams to read.The plentiful praises and flatteriesfor everyone are similar. ...

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Waiting For The Barbarians by Constantine P. Cavafy

Waiting For The Barbarians by Constantine P. Cavafy

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?The barbarians are due here today.Why isn't anything happening in the senate?Why do the senators sit there without ...

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Envoys From Alexandria by Constantine P. Cavafy

Envoys From Alexandria by Constantine P. Cavafy

They had not seen, for ages, such beautiful gifts in Delphias these that had been sent by the two brothers,the rival Ptolemaic kings. After they had received themhowever, the ...

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Darius by Constantine P. Cavafy

Darius by Constantine P. Cavafy

The poet Phernazis is composingthe important part of his epic poem.How Darius, son of Hystaspes,assumed the kingdom of the Persians. (From himis descended our glorious ...

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Half An Hour by Constantine P. Cavafy

Half An Hour by Constantine P. Cavafy

I never had you, nor will I ever have youI suppose. A few words, an approachas in the bar yesterday, and nothing more.It is, undeniably, a pity. But we who serve Artsometimes with ...

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Far Off by Constantine P. Cavafy

Far Off by Constantine P. Cavafy

I should like to relate this memory ...but it is so faded now ... scarecely anthing is left --because it lies far off, in the years of my early manhood.A skin as if made of ...

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Anna Dalassene by Constantine P. Cavafy

Anna Dalassene by Constantine P. Cavafy

In the golden bull that Alexios Comnenos issuedto prominently honor his mother,the very sagacious Lady Anna Dalassene --distinguished in her works, in her ways --there are many ...

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But Wise Men Perceive Approaching Things by Constantine P. Cavafy

But Wise Men Perceive Approaching Things by Constantine P. Cavafy

Because gods perceive future things, men what is happening now,but wise men perceive approaching things.Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana, VIII, 7.Men know what is ...

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Thermopylae by Constantine P. Cavafy

Thermopylae by Constantine P. Cavafy

Honour to those who in their livesare committed and guard their Thermopylae.Never stirring from duty;just and upright in all their deeds,but with pity and compassion too;generous ...

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Days Of 1903 by Constantine P. Cavafy

Days Of 1903 by Constantine P. Cavafy

I never found them again -- the things so quickly lost....the poetic eyes, the paleface.... in the dusk of the street....I never found them again -- the things acquired quite by ...

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Days Of 1908 by Constantine P. Cavafy

Days Of 1908 by Constantine P. Cavafy

That was the year when he stayedWithout work, for a living playedCards, or backgammon; or borrowed and never paid.He was offered a place at a smallStationer’s, three pounds a ...

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Grey by Constantine P. Cavafy

Grey by Constantine P. Cavafy

Looking at an opal, a half-grey opal,I remembered two beautiful grey eyesI had seen it must have been twenty years before . . .For a month we loved each otherThen he went away, I ...

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Hidden Things by Constantine P. Cavafy

Hidden Things by Constantine P. Cavafy

Let them not seek to discover who I wasfrom all that I have done and said.An obstacle was there that transformedthe deeds and the manner of my life.An obstacle was there that ...

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Return by Constantine P. Cavafy

Return by Constantine P. Cavafy

Return often and take me,beloved sensation, return and take me --when the memory of the body awakens,and an old desire runs again through the blood;when the lips and the skin ...

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On An Italian Shore by Constantine P. Cavafy

On An Italian Shore by Constantine P. Cavafy

Kimos, son of Menedoros, a young Greek-Italian,devotes his life to amusing himself,like most young men in Greater Greecebrought up in the lap of luxury.But today, in spite of his ...

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Understanding by Constantine P. Cavafy

Understanding by Constantine P. Cavafy

The years of my youth, my sensual life --how clearly I see their meaning now.What needless repentances, how futile....But I did not understand the meaning then.In the dissolute ...

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He Vows by Constantine P. Cavafy

He Vows by Constantine P. Cavafy

Every so often he vows to start a better life.But when night comes with her own counsels,with her compromises, and with her promises;but when night comes with her own powerof the ...

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Interruption by Constantine P. Cavafy

Interruption by Constantine P. Cavafy

We interrupt the work of the gods,hasty and inexperienced beings of the moment.In the palaces of Eleusis and PhthiaDemeter and Thetis start good worksamid high flames and dense ...

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In The Harbor by Constantine P. Cavafy

In The Harbor by Constantine P. Cavafy

Emis - young, twenty-eight- reached this Syrian harbor in a Tenian ship, his plan to learn the incense trade. But ill during the voyage, he died as soon as he was put ashore. His ...

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One Night by Constantine P. Cavafy

One Night by Constantine P. Cavafy

The room was penurious and common,Hidden over a disreputable tavern,The alley could be seen from the window,Unclean and narrow. From belowCame the voices of a few workmenWho were ...

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Nero’s Turn by Constantine P. Cavafy

Nero’s Turn by Constantine P. Cavafy

Nero was not worried when he heardthe prophecy of the Delphic Oracle."Let him fear the seventy three years."He still had ample time to enjoy himself.He is thirty. More than ...

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I’Ve Brought To Art by Constantine P. Cavafy

I’Ve Brought To Art by Constantine P. Cavafy

I sit in a mood of reverie.I've brought to Art desires and sensations:things half-glimpsed,faces or lines, certain indistinct memoriesof unfulfilled love affairs.Let me submit to ...

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On The Shop by Constantine P. Cavafy

On The Shop by Constantine P. Cavafy

He wrapped them carefully, neatlyin costly green silk.Roses of ruby, lilies of pearl,violets of amethyst. As he himself judged,as he wanted them, they look beautiful to him; not ...

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One Of Their Gods by Constantine P. Cavafy

One Of Their Gods by Constantine P. Cavafy

When one of them passed through the market placeof Seleucia, toward the hour that night fallsas a tall and perfectly handsome youth,with the joy of immortality in his eyes,with ...

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He Came To Read by Constantine P. Cavafy

He Came To Read by Constantine P. Cavafy

He came to read. Two or three booksare open; historians and poets.But he only read for ten minutes,and gave them up. He is dozingon the sofa. He is fully devoted to books but he ...

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Remember, Body… by Constantine P. Cavafy

Remember, Body… by Constantine P. Cavafy

Body, remember not only how much you were loved,not only the beds on which you lay,but also those desires which for youplainly glowed in the eyes,and trembled in the voice -- and ...

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Hidden by Constantine P. Cavafy

Hidden by Constantine P. Cavafy

From all I've done and all I've saidlet them not seek to find who I've been.An obstacle stood and transformedmy acts and way of my life.An obstacle stood and stopped memany a time ...

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