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Of that knight with the sallow, dry
Complexion and heroic bent, they guess
That, always on the verge of adventure,
He never sallied from his library.

The precise chronicle of his urges
And its tragic-comical reverses
Was dreamed by him, not by Cervantes,
It’s no more than a chronicle of dream.

Such my fate too. I know there’s something
Immortal and essential that I’ve buried
Somewhere in that library of the past

In which I read the history of the knight.
The slow leaves recall a child who gravely
Dreams vague things he cannot understand.


Jorge Luis Borges
Translation by A. S. Kline

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