|“The rest I’ll speak of to the ones below in Hades” ||Hidden
|‘Yes,’ said the proconsul, replacing the scroll,
‘indeed the line is true. And beautiful.
Sophocles at his most philosophical.
We’ll talk about a whole lot more down there
and be happy to be seen for what we are.
Here we’re like sentries, watching anxiously,
guarding every locked-up hurt and secret,
but all we cover up here, day and night,
down there we’ll let out, frankly and completely.’
‘That is,’ said the sophist, with a slow half-smile,
‘if down there they ever talk about such things,
if they can be bothered with the like at all.’
|Translated by Seamus Heaney|
|(Seamus Heaney, District and Circle, Faber and Faber, 2006) |
|- Original Greek Poem
|- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard|