Sea of the Morning The Canon
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Here let me stand, that, for a while, I too
may gaze on nature. Marvellous blue tints
of a morning sea and an unclouded sky
contrasting with an amber-coloured shore, —
all luminously beautiful and grand.
 
Here let me stand and think I see these things
(I really did see them for a moment,
soon after I had stopped) — and not, here also,
my fantasies, my reminiscences,
the incomparable idols of delight.

Translated by John Cavafy

(Poems by C. P. Cavafy. Translated, from the Greek, by J. C. Cavafy. Ikaros, 2003)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

- Translation by George Valassopoulo

- Translation by Daniel Mendelsohn