He’s the Man

C. P. Cavafy

An unknown – a stranger in Antioch – Edessan
writes much. And finally, look, the latest melody
is done. With that, eighty-three

poems in all. But such writing
wearied the poet, so much versifying,
and so much toil on Greek phrase,
and now everything is a burden to him. –

But one thought pulls him straight out
of despair – the sublime ‘He’s the Man’
that Lucian sometime heard in his sleep.

[Written 1898; Published 1909]

Original Greek Poem