The Rest I Will Tell to Those Down to Hades Hidden
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Indeed, said the proconsul, closing the book,
this line is beautiful and very true.
Sophocles wrote it in a deeply philosophic mood.
How much well tell down there, how much,
and how very different well appear.
What we protect here like sleepless guards,
wounds and secrets locked inside us,
protect with such great anxiety day after day,
well disclose freely and clearly down there.
 
You might add, said the sophist, half smiling,
if they talk about things like that down there,
if they bother about them any more.

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

(C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Seamus Heaney