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Jacqueline Kennedy's funeral
Posted by: Beth Nicholson (---.sd.sd.cox.net)
Date: August 22, 2004 04:41PM

Does someone know the name of the poem and author that was read by Maurice Templesman at Jacqueline Kennedy's funeral? Thank you for your help.

Re: name of poem/author
Posted by: glenda (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: August 22, 2004 07:39PM

According to Google:

Ithaca-- Constatine Cavafy

When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lestrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.

Then pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many,
that you will enter ports seen for the first time
with such pleasure, with such joy!
Stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.

Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.

-- 1911, transl. Rae Dalven

Re: Jacqueline Kennedy's funeral
Posted by: b.chapa (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 20, 2004 02:10AM

This was also read at her funeral:

And now the journey's over
Too short- alas too short.
It was filled with adventure, wisdom, laughter, love, gallantry and grace.
So farewell - farewell

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