Tomb of Lysias the grammarian

C. P. Cavafy

Close by, on the right as you enter,
in the Beirut Library we buried wise Lysias,
the grammarian. The space is very appropriate.
We placed him by his devices that he remembers
perhaps even there – commentaries, texts, concordances,
scripts, many works on Greek idiom.
And this way, too, his tomb will be seen by us
and honoured, as we pass by to the books.

[Written 1911; Published 1914]

Original Greek Poem

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