Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Before The Statue Of Endymion


I have come from Miletos to Latmos
on a white chariot drawn by four snow-white mules,
all their trappings silver.
I sailed from Alexandria in a purple trireme
to perform sacred rites—
sacrifices and libations—in honor of Endymion.
And here is the statue. I now gaze in ecstasy
at Endymion's famous beauty.
My slaves empty baskets of jasmine
and auspicious tributes revive the pleasure of ancient days.

Submitted: Friday, March 23, 2012
Edited: Friday, March 23, 2012

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