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Poetry in Translation (CLXXXV): Jorge Luis BORGES (1899 – 1986), Argentina, Poet, “Limite“, “Límites“ “Limits” (fragments)

April 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Poetry, quotations, Translations, Uncategorized

Poetry in Translation (CLXXXV): Jorge Luis BORGES (1899 – 1986), Argentina, Poet, “Limite“, “Límites“ “Limits” (fragments)

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Limite (fragmente)
Jorge Luis BORGES (1899 – 1986)

Dintre cărările mergând spre miază-noapte
care o fi? mai este poate una
prin care am păşit ultima oară
condus fiind de-o nevăzută Mână.

Mai e vre-o uşe-nchisă, bună oară,
sau vre-o oglindă dând spre veşnicie?
răscrucile de drum nu ne confundă
dar Ianus ne pândeşte pe vecie.

Din valma de-amintiri întotdeauna
va fi pierdută din noiane, una.
nu te-om zări la apa din grădină,
nici la amiază, nici sub clar de lună.

(Rendered in Romanian by Constantin ROMAN
© 2013 Copyright Constantin ROMAN)

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Límites
Jorge Luis BORGES (1899 – 1986)

De estas calles que ahondan el poniente,
una habrá (no sé cuál) que he recorrido
ya por última vez, indiferente
y sin adivinarlo, sometido.

Para siempre cerraste alguna puerta
y hay un espejo que te aguarda en vano;
la encrucijada te parece abierta
y la vigila, cuadrifronte, Jano.

Hay, entre todas tus memorias, una
que se ha perdido irreparablemente;
no te verán bajar a aquella fuente
ni el blanco sol ni la amarilla luna.

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Limits (fragments)
Jorge Luis BORGES (1899 – 1986)

Of all the streets that blur in to the sunset,
There must be one (which, I am not sure)
That I by now have walked for the last time
Without guessing it, the pawn of that Someone

There is a door you have closed forever
And some mirror is expecting you in vain;
To you the crossroads seem wide open,
Yet watching you, four-faced, is a Janus.

There is among all your memories one
Which has now been lost beyond recall.
You will not be seen going down to that fountain
Neither by white sun nor by yellow moon.

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Borges as a young man

Borges as a young man

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