Leonidas Kanaris: Walls (poem by C. Cavafy)

LEONIDAS KANARIS: Four Songs on Poems by C. P. Cavafy
2. Walls (Τείχη)

Daphne Panourghia (soprano), Nicole Karali (piano),
Ioulita Iliopoulou (recitation).
Live performance (Athens, 26 Nov. 2013) from Hellenic American Union.

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WALLS

Without reflection, without mercy, without shame,
they built strong walls and high, and compassed me about.

And now I sit here and consider and despair.

My brain is worn with meditating on my fate:
I had outside so many things to terminate.

Oh! why when they were building did I not beware!

But never a sound of building, never an echo came.
Out of the world, insensibly, they shut me out.

(Translated by John Cavafy)