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Those who have become oceans of excellence & cultivation
And from the collection of their perfections have hence become lights of their fellows
Have not made the road out of this dark night
They have told a fable and have gone to sleep.

 

F4 65

The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd
Who rose before us, and as Prophets burn'd,
Are all but Stories, which, awoke from Sleep
They told their comrades, and to Sleep return'd.

HA 65

Those who have become oceans of excellence and cultivation.
And from the collection of their perfections have become lights of their fellows.
Have not made a road out of this dark night,
They have told a fable and have gone to sleep.

Nic 464

Ceux qui sont doués de science et de vertu, qui par leur profond savoir sont devenus le flambeau de leurs disciples, ceux-là mêmes n'ont pas fait un pas en dehors de cette nuit profonde. Ils ont débité quelques fables et sont rentrés dans le sommeil (de la mort).

P 266

Those who accomplished in learning and strength of spright have been,
Those who for wit and wisdom their fellows' light have been,
Out of this night of darkness e'en they no way have found;
Somewhat they said and taken of sleep forthright have been.

Th 258

Those strong in virtue and of learning deep,
Whose merits joined lights for their fellows keep
Have found no way out of this darksome night,
They 've told their tale, and then gone back to sleep.

Wh 209

They who by genius, and by power of brain,
The rank of man's enlighteners attain,
Not even they emerge from this dark night,
But tell their dreams, and fall asleep again.

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