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An Old Man

At the noisy end of the cafe, head bent over the table, an old man sits alone, a newspaper in front of him.And in the miserable banality of old age he thinks how little he enjoyed the years when he had strength, eloquence, and looks.He knows he's aged a...

By C.P. Cavafy
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25 December

The God Abandons Antony

When suddenly, at midnight, you hear an invisible procession going by with exquisite music, voices, don’t mourn your luck that’s failing now, work gone wrong, your plans all proving deceptive—don’t mourn them uselessly. As one long prepared, and graced with courage, say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving. Above all, don’t...

By C.P. Cavafy
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13 November