Lost From Sight and Lost From Hope


Photo series by Duane Michals

 
 

Oh! como se me alonga, de ano em ano,
a peregrinação cansada minha!
Como se encurta, e como ao fim caminha
este meu breve e vão discurso humano!

Vai-se gastando a idade e cresce o dano;
perde-se-me um remédio, que inda tinha;
se por experiência se adivinha,
qualquer grande esperança é grande engano.

Corro após este bem que não se alcança;
no meio do caminho me falece,
mil vezes caio, e perco a confiança.

Luís Vaz de Camões

 
 

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Oh how long, year after year,
my weary journey has kept on going!
How short a space until my brief
and useless human rambling ends!

Time wastes away and my ruin increases;
a remedy I used to have is gone.
If we can judge from past experience,
every large hope is a grand illusion.

I chase some good that can’t be had:
when halfway there, I’ve lost the trail;
falling a thousand times, I despair.

It flees, I lag; and if, in my lagging,
I look up to see if it’s still there,
it’s lost from sight and lost from hope.

Translation by Richard Zenith

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