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Borges, J. L.
Mateo XXV, 30. Original manuscript + an original Photograph of Borges
vols. S.P. Borges, J. L. Mateo XXV, 30. Buenos Aires, November 1953. Original manuscript, signed by the author. Single sheet (10 x 7.625 inches; 255 x 194 mm.). A FINE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF ONE OF THE NICEST AND COMPLEX POEMS BY BORGES. Full translation in English follows: Matthew XXV, 30 The first bridge at Constitucion, and at my feet The rumble of trains threading their iron mazes. Smoke and whistles rose up in the night That all of a sudden was the night of Doomsday. From the hidden horizon, From the core of my being, an infinite voice Spoke these things (these things, not these words, Which are my poor timebound attempt to translate One single word): -- Stars, bread, libraries east and west, Playing cards, chessboards, galleries, skylights and cellars, A human body to walk the earth, Fingernails growing at night and after death, Forgetful shadow, mirrors intently multiplying images, Cadences of music, most yielding of all the forms of time, The Brazil and Uruguay borders, horses, mornings, A bronze weight and a copy of the Grettirsaga, Algebra, fire, the cavalry charge at Junin in your blood, Days more crowded than Balzac, the fragrance of honeysuckle, Love and the eve of love and unbearable recollections, Dreams like buried treasure, rich contingency, And memory, not to be gazed on without vertigo, All this was given you, and also The ancient bread of heroes: Betrayal, defeat, humiliation. We have lavished the ocean on you, all in vain, In vain the sun, that Whitman saw with marvelling eyes; You have wasted the years and they have wasted you, And still, you have not … [Click Below for Full Description]
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