The Grave of Ignatius The Canon
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Here I am not the Cleon who was talked about
by all in Alexandria — (and there
the people are not easily amazed) —
for my palatial residences, my gardens,
and for my carriages and horses,
and for the jewels and silken robes I used to wear.
Nay, here I am not that Cleon: may his eight
and twenty years be wholly blotted out.
I am Ignatius, a deacon,
who not till very late did worse myself: and yet, even so
was given the grace to live ten happy months
in the serene security of Christ.

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