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C.P. Cavafy

Ideal and dearly beloved voices
of those who are dead, or of those
who are lost to us like the dead.

Sometimes they speak to us in our dreams;
sometimes in thought the mind hears them.

And for a moment with their echo other echoes
return from the first poetry of our lives —
like music that extinguishes the far-off night.

— C.P. Cavafy, “Voices,” The Complete Poems, transl. by Rae Dalven (Mariner Books, 1976)

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