Favorite Literature of Swaniel Genji Harrienger

{April 24, 2012}   History of the Night by Jorges Luis Borges (PoemHunter.com’s Classical Poems, July 21, 2011)

History of the Night by Jorges Luis Borges

Through the course of generations

Men brought the night into being.

In the beginning were blindness and dream

And thorns which gash the bare foot

And fear of wolves.

We shall never know who fashioned the word

For the interval of darkness

Which divides the two half-lights.

We shall never know in what century it stood

For the starry spaces.

Others began the myth

They made night mother of the tranquil Fates

Who weave all destiny

And sacrificed black sheep to her

And the rooster which announced her end.

The Chaldeans gave her twelve houses;

Infinite worlds, the Stoic Portico.

Latin hexameters molded her,

And Pascal’s dread.

Luis de Leon saw in her the homeland

Of his shivering soul.

Now we feel her inexhaustible

As an old wine

And no one can think of her without vertigo,

And time has changed her with eternity.

And to think that night would not exist

Without those tenous instruments, the eyes.


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