Posts tagged ‘4th Century’

Monday, 4 November 2019

Death’s A Debt That Everybody Owes by Palladas

Death’s a debt that everybody owes,
and if you’ll last the night out no one knows.

Learn your lesson then, and thank your stars
for wine and company and all-night bars.

Life careers gravewards at a breackneck rate,
so drink and love, and leave the rest to Fate.

From: Harrison, Tony, Collected Poems, 2016, Penguin: London, p. [unnumbered].

Date: 4th century (original in Greek); 1975 (translation in English)

By: Palladas (4th century)

Translated by: Tony Harrison (1937- )

Friday, 28 June 2019

Moon Sitting by Hui Yung

High mountain cascades froth.
This wild temple owns few lamps.
Sit facing the glitter
of the moon: out of season
heart of ice.

From: Seaton, Jerome P. and Maloney, Dennis (eds.), A Drifting Poet: An Anthology of Chinese Zen Poetry, 1994, White Pine Press: Fredonia, New York, p. 19.

Date: 4th century (original); 1994 (translation)

By: Hui Yung (332-414)

Translated by: Jerome P. Seaton (1941- )

Monday, 6 February 2017

Truste Not Lightly nor Cavill Muche by Gregory of Nazianzus

All manner wordes, or promis doe not truste,
Against eache speache, in no wyse maist thou mell,
But as through tyme, and place thou rightly must,
Obey thou God, whom thou canst not excell.
With mouthe all men most egrely doe strive:
With manners never one that is alive.

From: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, Epigrams and sentences spirituall in vers, of Gregori Nazanzen, an auncient & famous bishop in the Greke churche Englished by Tho. Drant, 2004, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, p. [unnumbered].

Date: 4th century (original in Greek); 1568 (translation in English)

By: Gregory of Nazianzus (c329-390)

Translated by: Thomas Drant (c1540-1578)