Sir Thomas Sean Connery, the iconic Scottish actor and Hollywood legend who made a name for himself as the first James Bond, died on October 31st, 2020 at the age of 90. In his memory, we listen to his distinguished voice reciting Cavafy’a poem Ithaca.
Rest In Peace Sean. You will always be remembered.
The poem (“Ithaca” by the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is recited by Sean Connery, music by Vangelis (video by adsdentiste).
C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is considered one of the most distinguished Greek poets of the 20th century. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where his Greek parents had settled in the mid-1850s.
|As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon – do not be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare sensation
touches your spirit and your body.Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon – you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.Hope that your journey is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind –
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and learn again from those who know.
|Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so that you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.