On hearing of a powerful love tremble and be moved
like an aesthete. But then, contented,
remember how many your imagination fashioned for you: those
first: and that the others—lesser—that in your life you’ve
experienced and enjoyed, those more real, and tangible.—
You were not deprived of loves like these.
— C.P. Cavafy, Hearing of Love. 1911. trans. Daniel Mendelsohn.