Constantine P. Cavafy
December, 1903 by Constantine P. Cavafy

December, 1903 by Constantine P. Cavafy

And if I can't speak about my love-if I don't talk about your hair, your lips, your eyes,still your face that I keep within my heart,the sound of your voice that I keep within my ...

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Ionian by Constantine P. Cavafy

Ionian by Constantine P. Cavafy

Just because we've torn their statues down,and cast them from their temples,doesn't for a moment mean the gods are dead.Land of Ionia, they love you yet,their spirits still ...

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In The Street by Constantine P. Cavafy

In The Street by Constantine P. Cavafy

His attractive face a bit pale,his brown eyes looking tired, dazed,twenty-five years old but could be taken for twenty,with something of the artist in the way he dresses-the ...

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Kimon, Son Of Learchos, 22, Student Of Greek Literature (In Kyrini) by Constantine P. Cavafy

Kimon, Son Of Learchos, 22, Student Of Greek Literature (In Kyrini) by Constantine P. Cavafy

'My end came while I was happy.Ermotelis had me for his inseparable friend.During my last days, though he tried to make me believethat he wasn't worried, I often noticed his ...

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You Didn’T Understand by Constantine P. Cavafy

You Didn’T Understand by Constantine P. Cavafy

Vacuous Julian had the following to sayabout our religious beliefs: 'I read, I understood,I condemned'. He thought we'd be devastatedby that 'condemned', the silly ass.Witticisms ...

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On The Stairs by Constantine P. Cavafy

On The Stairs by Constantine P. Cavafy

As I was going down those ill-famed stairsyou were coming through the door, and for a secondI saw your unfamiliar face and you saw mine.Then I hid so you wouldn't see me again,and ...

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Prayer by Constantine P. Cavafy

Prayer by Constantine P. Cavafy

A sailor drowned in the sea's depthsUnaware, his mother goes and lightsa tall candle before the ikon of our Ladypraying that he'll come back quickly, that the weather may be good ...

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That’s The Man by Constantine P. Cavafy

That’s The Man by Constantine P. Cavafy

Unknown -a stranger in Antioch- the man from Edessawrites and writes. And at last, there, the final canto's done. That makeseighty-three poems in all. But so much writing,so much ...

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King Dimitrios by Constantine P. Cavafy

King Dimitrios by Constantine P. Cavafy

When the Macedonians deserted himand showed they preferred Pyrrhos,King Dimitrios (a noble soul) didn't behave-so they said-at all like a king.He took off his golden robes,threw ...

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Imenos by Constantine P. Cavafy

Imenos by Constantine P. Cavafy

'... to be cherished even mores a sensual pleasure achieved morbidly, corruptingly-it rarely finds the body able to feel what it requires-that morbidly, corruptingly, createsan ...

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To Sensual Pleasure by Constantine P. Cavafy

To Sensual Pleasure by Constantine P. Cavafy

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

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On Board Ship by Constantine P. Cavafy

On Board Ship by Constantine P. Cavafy

It's like him, of course,this little pencil portrait.Hurriedly sketched, on the ship's deck,the afternoon magical,the Ionian Sea around us.It's like him. But I remember him as ...

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Outside The House by Constantine P. Cavafy

Outside The House by Constantine P. Cavafy

Walking yesterday in an outlying neighbourhood,I went by the houseI used to go to when I was very young.There Eros with his wonderful powerlaid hold of my body.And yesterdaywhen I ...

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Growing In Spirit by Constantine P. Cavafy

Growing In Spirit by Constantine P. Cavafy

He who hopes to grow in spiritwill have to transcend obedience and respect.He'll hold to some lawsbut he'll mostly violateboth law and custom, and go beyondthe established, ...

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Two Young Men, 23 To 24 Years Old by Constantine P. Cavafy

Two Young Men, 23 To 24 Years Old by Constantine P. Cavafy

He'd been sitting in the cafe since ten-thirtyexpecting him to turn up any minute.Midnight had gone, and he was still waiting for him.It was now after one-thirty, and the cafe was ...

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The Displeasure Of Selefkidis by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Displeasure Of Selefkidis by Constantine P. Cavafy

Dimitrios Selefkidis was displeasedto learn that a Ptolemyhad reached Italy in such a squalid state:poorly dressed and on foot,only three or four slaves. This waytheir dynasty ...

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Kleitos’ Illness by Constantine P. Cavafy

Kleitos’ Illness by Constantine P. Cavafy

Kleitos, a likeable young man,about twenty-three years oldwith a first-class education, a rare knowledge of Greekis seriously ill. He caught the feverthat reaped a harvest this ...

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Returning From Greece by Constantine P. Cavafy

Returning From Greece by Constantine P. Cavafy

Well, we're nearly there, Hermippos.Day after tomorrow, it seems - that's what the captain said.At least we're sailing our seas,the waters of our own countries - Cyprus, Syria, ...

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To Have Taken The Trouble by Constantine P. Cavafy

To Have Taken The Trouble by Constantine P. Cavafy

I'm practically broke and homeless.This fatal city, Antioch,has devoured all my money:this fatal city with its extravagant life.But I'm young and extremely healthy.Prodigious ...

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The Footsteps by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Footsteps by Constantine P. Cavafy

Eagles of coraladorn the ebony bedwhere Nero lies fast asleep callous, happy, peaceful,in the prime of his body's strength,in the fine vigour of youth.But in the alabaster hall ...

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Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340 by Constantine P. Cavafy

Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340 by Constantine P. Cavafy

When I heard the terrible news, that Myris was dead,I went to his house, although I avoidgoing to the houses of Christians,especially during times of mourning or festivity.I stood ...

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In The Evening by Constantine P. Cavafy

In The Evening by Constantine P. Cavafy

It wouldn't have lasted long anywayyears of experience make that clear.But Fate did put an end to it a bit abruptly.It was soon over, that wonderful life.Yet how strong the scents ...

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Julian At The Mysteries by Constantine P. Cavafy

Julian At The Mysteries by Constantine P. Cavafy

But when he found himself in darkness,in the earth's awful depths,with a group of unholy Greeks,and bodiless figures appeared before himwith haloes of light,the young Julian for a ...

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Of Dimitrios Sotir by Constantine P. Cavafy

Of Dimitrios Sotir by Constantine P. Cavafy

Everything he'd hoped for turned out wrong.He'd seen himself doing great things,ending the humiliation that had kept his country downever since the battle of Magnesiaseen himself ...

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Orophernis by Constantine P. Cavafy

Orophernis by Constantine P. Cavafy

The figure on this four drachma coinwho seems to have a smile on his facehis beautiful, delicate facethis figure is Orophernis, son of Ariarathis.A child, they threw him out of ...

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In A Town Of Osroini by Constantine P. Cavafy

In A Town Of Osroini by Constantine P. Cavafy

Yesterday, around midnight, they brought us our friend Remon, who'd been wounded in a taverna fight.Through the windows we left wide open,the moon cast light over his beautiful ...

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Sculptor Of Tyana by Constantine P. Cavafy

Sculptor Of Tyana by Constantine P. Cavafy

As you'll have heard, I'm no beginner.I've handled a lot of stone in my time,and in my own country, Tyana, I'm really quite famous.Actually, a number of senators herehave also ...

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Priest At The Serapeion by Constantine P. Cavafy

Priest At The Serapeion by Constantine P. Cavafy

My kind old fatherwhose love for me has always stayed the sameI mourn my kind old fatherwho died two days ago, just before dawn.Jesus Christ, I try continuallyin my every thought, ...

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Passing Through by Constantine P. Cavafy

Passing Through by Constantine P. Cavafy

The things he timidly imagined as a schoolboyare openly revealed to him now. And he walks the streets,stays out all night, gets involved. And as is right (for our kind of art)his ...

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The Favour Of Alexander Valas by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Favour Of Alexander Valas by Constantine P. Cavafy

I'm not in the least put out that my chariot wheel brokeand I lost that silly race.I'll drink great wines the whole night,lying among lovely roses. Antioch is all mine.I'm the ...

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Theophilos Palaiologos by Constantine P. Cavafy

Theophilos Palaiologos by Constantine P. Cavafy

This is the last year, this the lastof the Greek emperors. And, alas,how sadly those around him talk.Kyr Theophilos Palaiologosin his grief, in his despair, says:'I would rather ...

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Lovely White Flowers by Constantine P. Cavafy

Lovely White Flowers by Constantine P. Cavafy

He went inside the cafe where they used to sit together.It was here, three months ago, that his friend told him:'We're completely broke -so hard up, the two of us,that we're stuck ...

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The Glory Of The Ptolemies by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Glory Of The Ptolemies by Constantine P. Cavafy

I'm Lagides, king -through my power and wealthcomplete master of the art of pleasure.There's no Macedonian, no barbarian, equal to meor even approaching me. The son of Selefkosis ...

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September, 1903 by Constantine P. Cavafy

September, 1903 by Constantine P. Cavafy

At least let me now deceive myself with illusionsso as not to feel my empty life.And yet I came so close so many times.And yet how paralyzed I was, how cowardly;why did I keep my ...

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When They Come Alive by Constantine P. Cavafy

When They Come Alive by Constantine P. Cavafy

Try to keep them, poet,those erotic visions of yours,however few of them there are that can be stilled.Put them, half-hidden, in your lines.Try to hold them, poet,when they come ...

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The Twenty-Fifth Year Of His Life by Constantine P. Cavafy

The Twenty-Fifth Year Of His Life by Constantine P. Cavafy

He goes regularly to the tavernawhere they'd met the previous month.He made inquiries, but they weren't able to tell himanything.From what they said, he gathered the person he'd ...

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To Antiochos Epiphanis by Constantine P. Cavafy

To Antiochos Epiphanis by Constantine P. Cavafy

The young Antiochian said to the king:'My heart pulses with a precious hope.The Macedonians, Antiochos Epiphanis,the Macedonians are back in the great fight.Let them only win, and ...

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Temethos, Antiochian, A.D. 400 by Constantine P. Cavafy

Temethos, Antiochian, A.D. 400 by Constantine P. Cavafy

Lines written by young Temethos, madly in love.The tile: 'Emonidis' -the favouriteof Antiochos Epiphanis; a very good-looking young manfrom Samosata. But if the lines come ...

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Herodis Attikos by Constantine P. Cavafy

Herodis Attikos by Constantine P. Cavafy

What glory, this, for Herodis Attikos!Alexander of Selefkia, one of our better sophists,on reaching Athens to lecturefinds the city desertedbecause Herodis was in the country and ...

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