Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Euripides Fragment 25

Stumbled across this fragment of Euripides:

pheu! pheu, palaios ainos hos kalos echei;
gerontes ouden esmen allo plen psophos
kai schem', oneiron d'herpomen mimemata,
vous d'ouk enestin, oiomestha d'eu phronein.


Alas, alas, how the old tale holds truth;
we old men are nothing but noise
and appearance; we creep along, imitations of dreams,
there is nothing in our minds, though we think that we are sane.

Beautiful and sombre and quite heartbreaking.

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