VIA

VIA

By Caroline Bergvall b. 1962 Caroline Bergvall

48 Dante Variations  

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
che la diritta via era smarrita  

The Divine Comedy – Pt. 1 Inferno – Canto 1 – (1-3)

1. Along the journey of our life half way
     I found myself again in a dark wood
     wherein the straight road no longer lay
           (Dale, 1996)
2. At the midpoint in the journey of our life
     I found myself astray in a dark wood
     For the straight path had vanished.
           (Creagh and Hollander, 1989)
3. HALF over the wayfaring of our life,
     Since missed the right way, through a night-dark wood
     Struggling, I found myself.
           (Musgrave, 1893)
4. Half way along the road we have to go,
     I found myself obscured in a great forest,
     Bewildered, and I knew I had lost the way.
           (Sisson, 1980)
5. Halfway along the journey of our life
     I woke in wonder in a sunless wood
     For I had wandered from the narrow way
           (Zappulla, 1998)
6. HALFWAY on our life’s journey, in a wood,
     From the right path I found myself astray.
           (Heaney, 1993)
7. Halfway through our trek in life
     I found myself in this dark wood,
     miles away from the right road.
           (Ellis, 1994)
8. Half-way upon the journey of our life,
     I found myself within a gloomy wood,
     By reason that the path direct was lost.
         (Pollock, 1854)
9. HALF-WAY upon the journey of our life
     I roused to find myself within a forest
     In darkness, for the straight way had been lost.
           (Johnson, 1915)
10. In middle of the journey of our days
      I found that I was in a darksome wood
      the right road lost and vanished in the maze
           (Sibbald, 1884)
11. In midway of the journey of our life
      I found myself within a darkling wood,
      Because the rightful pathway had been lost.
           (Rossetti, 1865)
12. In our life’s journey at its midway stage
      I found myself within a wood obscure
      Where the right path which guided me was lost
           (Johnston, 1867)
13. In the middle of the journey
      of our life
      I came to myself
      In a dark forest
      The straightforward way
      Misplaced.
           (Schwerner, 2000)
14. In the middle of the journey of our life I came to
      myself in a dark wood, for the straight road was lost
           (Durling, 1996)
15. In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself
      within a dark wood where the straight road was lost.
           (Sinclair, 1939)
16. In the middle of the journey of our life
      I found myself astray in a dark wood
      where the straight road had been lost sight of.
           (Heaney, 1993)
17. IN the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a
      dark wood; for the straight way was lost.
      (John A Carlyle, 1844)
18. In the mid-journey of our mortal life,
      I wandered far into a darksome wood,
      Where the true road no longer might be seen.
           (Chaplin, 1913)
19. In the midtime of life I found myself
      Within a dusky wood; my way was lost.
           (Shaw, 1914)
20. In the midway of this our mortal life,
       I found me in a gloomy wood, astray,
       Gone from the path direct:
           (Cary, 1805)
21. Just halfway through this journey of our life
       I reawoke to find myself inside
       a dark wood, way off-course, the right road lost
           (Phillips, 1983)
22. Midway along the highroad of our days,
       I found myself within a shadowy wood,
       Where the straight path was lost in tangled ways.
           (Wheeler, 1911)
23. Midway along the journey of our life
       I woke to find myself in some dark woods,
       for I had wandered off from the straight path.
           (Musa, 1971)
24. Midway along the span of our life’s road
       I woke to a dark wood unfathomable
       Where not a vestige of the right way shewed.
           (Foster, 1961)
25. Midway in our life’s journey I went astray
       from the straight road & woke to find myself
       alone in a dark wood
           (Ciardi, 1996)
26. Midway in the journey of our life I found myself in a
       dark wood, for the straight road was lost.
           (Singleton, 1970)
27. MIDWAY life’s journey I was made aware
       That I had strayed into a dark forest,
       And the right path appeared not anywhere.
           (Binyon, 1933)
28. Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
       In dark woods, the right road lost.
           (Pinsky, 1994)
29. Midway on the journey of our life I found myself within
       a darksome wood, for the right way was lost.
           (Sullivan, 1893)
30. Midway the path of life that men pursue
       I found me in a darkling wood astray,
       For the direct way had been lost to view
           (Anderson, 1921)
31. Midway this way of life we’re bound upon,
       I woke to find myself in a dark wood,
       Where the right road was wholly lost and gone
           (Sayers, 1949)
32. MIDWAY upon the course of this our life
       I found myself within a gloom-dark wood,
       For I had wandered from the path direct.
           (Bodey, 1938)
33. MIDWAY upon the journey of my days
       I found myself within a wood so drear,
       That the direct path nowhere met my gaze.
           (Brooksbank, 1854)
34. MIDWAY upon the journey of our life,
       I found me in a forest dark and deep,
       For I the path direct had failed to keep.
           (Wilstach, 1888)
35. Midway upon the journey of our life,
       I found myself within a forest dark,
       For the right road was lost.
           (Vincent, 1904)
36. MIDWAY upon the journey of our life
       I found myself within a forest dark,
       For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
           (Longfellow, 1867)
37. Midway upon the journey of our life
       I found that I had strayed into a wood
       So dark the right road was completely lost.
           (MacKenzie, 1979)
38. MIDWAY upon the journey of our life
       I woke to find me astray in a dark wood,
       Confused by ways with the straight way at strife
           (Bickersteth, 1955)
39. Midway upon the pathway of life
       I found myself within a darksome wood
       wherein the proper road was lost to view.
           (Edwardes, 1915)
40. MIDWAY upon the road of our life I found myself within
       a dark wood, for the right way had been missed.
           (Norton, 1891)
41. On traveling one half of our life’s way,
       I found myself in darkened forests when
       I lost the straight and narrow path to stray.
           (Arndt, 1994)
42. Upon the journey of my life midway,
       I found myself within a darkling wood,
       Where from the straight path I had gone astray
           (Minchin, 1885)
43. UPON the journey of our life half way,
       I found myself within a gloomy wood,
       For I had missed the oath and gone astray.
           (Pike, 1881)
44. Upon the journey of our life midway
       I came unto myself in a dark wood,
       For from the straight path I had gone astray.
           (Fletcher, 1931)
45. Upon the journey of our life midway,
       I found myself within a darksome wood,
       As from the right path I had gone astray.
           (Cayley, 1851)
46. When half-way through the journey of our life
       I found that I was in a gloomy wood,
       because the path which led aright was lost.
           (Langdon, 1918)
47. When I had journeyed half of our life’s way,
       I found myself within a shadowed forest,
       for I had lost the path that does not stray.
           (Mandelbaum, 1980)
 

Caroline Bergvall, "VIA" from Fig. Copyright © 2005 by Caroline Bergvall.  Reprinted by permission of Salt Publishing.

Source: Fig (Salt Publishing, 2005)

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