VIA

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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