The Tomb of Ignatius The Canon
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Here no longer am I Cleon who was famous
in Alexandria (where people are not prone to admire)
for my rich houses, for my gardens,
for my horses and for my chariots,
for the jewels and for the silk robes that I wore.
Begone; here no longer am I that Cleon;
let his twenty-eight years be obliterated.
I am Ignatius the deacon
who came late, very late, to contrition; but even so
I lived ten happy months
in the peace and in the safe keeping of Christ.

Translated by George Valassopoulo

(Unpublished draft from the Cavafy Archive)
Transcribed and edited by Katerina Ghika

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

- Translation by John Cavafy