The Most Sceptical of Them All is Time
Time
Paul Valéry

he most sceptical of them all
is time
that with the no's make yes'es
and with hate love
and the contrary.
And if the river doesn't return to its source
and if the fallen apple doesn't leap up
and reunite with its branch
it's because you lack the patience to
believe it.
--- From Poemas

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Salmo T.
l más escéptico de todos
es el Tiempo,
que con los Nos hace Sis
y con el odio amor
y al contrario.
Y si el río no remonta su fuente,
y si la manzana caída no salta
y se reune a su rama
es porque te falta paciencia para creerlo.

--- Translated into Spanish by
Carlos R. de Dampierre


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