The sea, in the morning The Canon
Here let me stand. Let me too look at Nature a little,
the radiant blue of the morning sea,
the cloudless sky and the yellow beach;
all beautiful and flooded with light.
Here let me stand. And let me deceive myself
into believing that I saw them
(I really did see them one moment, when first I came)
―that I am not seeing, even here, my fancies,
my memories, my visions of voluptuousness.

Translated by George Valassopoulo

(“Poèmes de C.P. Cavafy”, Échanges 5, Décembre 1931)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

- Translation by John Cavafy

- Translation by Daniel Mendelsohn