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Waiting for the Barbarians

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TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY
What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?
      The barbarians are due here today.
Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?
      Because the barbarians are coming today.
      What’s the point of senators making laws now?
      Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.
Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting enthroned at the city’s main gate,
in state, wearing the crown?
      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and the emperor’s waiting to receive their leader.
      He’s even got a scroll to give him,
      loaded with titles, with imposing names.
Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?
      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and things like that dazzle the barbarians.
Why don’t our distinguished orators turn up as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?
      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.
Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home lost in thought?
      Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven’t come.
      And some of our men just in from the border say
      there are no barbarians any longer.
Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.
C. P. Cavafy, “Waiting for the Barbarians” from C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Translation Copyright © 1975, 1992 by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Reproduced with permission of Princeton University Press.
Source: C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems (Princeton University Press, 1975)
(from Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth)
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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GRAVEDIGGER

Faith, if he be not rotten before he die—as we have many pocky corses nowadays that will scarce hold the laying in— he will last you some eight year or nine year. A tanner will last you nine year.

GRAVEDIGGER

Well, if he’s not rotten before he dies (and there are a lot of people now who are so rotten they start falling to pieces even before you put them in the coffin), he’ll last eight or nine years. A leathermaker will last nine years.

HAMLET

Why he more than another?

HAMLET

Why does he last longer?

GRAVEDIGGER

Why, sir, his hide is so tanned with his trade that he will keep out water a great while, and your water is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead body. (indicates a skull) Here’s a skull now. This skull has lain in the earth three-and-twenty years.

GRAVEDIGGER

Because his hide is so leathery from his trade that he keeps the water off him a long time, and water is what makes your goddamn body rot more than anything. Here’s a skull that’s been here twenty-three years.

HAMLET

Whose was it?

HAMLET

Whose was it?

GRAVEDIGGER

A whoreson mad fellow’s it was. Whose do you think it was?

GRAVEDIGGER

A crazy bastard. Who do you think?

HAMLET

Nay, I know not.

HAMLET

I really don’t know.

GRAVEDIGGER

155A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! He poured a flagon of Rhenish on my head once. This same skull, sir, was Yorick’s skull, the king’s jester.

GRAVEDIGGER

Damn that crazy madman! He poured a pitcher of white wine on my head once. This is the skull of Yorick, the king’s jester.

HAMLET

This?

HAMLET

This one?

GRAVEDIGGER

E’en that.

GRAVEDIGGER

Yes, that one.

HAMLET

Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. —Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now to mock your own grinning? Quite chapfallen? Now get you to my lady’s chamber and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come. Make her laugh at that.—Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing.

HAMLET

Let me see. (he takes the skull) Oh, poor Yorick! I used to know him, Horatio—a very funny guy, and with an excellent imagination. He carried me on his back a thousand times, and now—how terrible—this is him. It makes my stomach turn. I don’t know how many times I kissed the lips that used to be right here. Where are your jokes now? Your pranks? Your songs?
Your flashes of wit that used to set the whole table laughing? You don’t make anybody smile now. Are you sad about that? You need to go to my lady’s room and tell her that no matter how much makeup she slathers on, she’ll end up just like you some day. That’ll make her laugh. Horatio, tell me something.

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K. W. Scott
Haven’t practiced or simulated this? Yes, yes you did. October (maybe Nov.) 18, 2019. New York. …and why is BG a medical expert? Is it because he’s the biggest financial contributor to the WHO? Smh

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Randall Trieb
Look at that smirk on his face, he can barely keep from laughing.
Soul
Oh David Icke was right ! He knew this ,, and the BBC are a government Dept . Sorry I doubted you David , it’s to get the Bill Gates Vaccine 💉

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Peter Sutcliffe
Bill Gates wanting to “vaccinate ALL 7 Billion people” that says it all there’ll be nanochips within these vaccines!

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Hypnotoad
I sincerely doubt that

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Mr. Round2
5g and nanotechnology go hand and hand

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Peter Sutcliffe
@Hypnotoad You don’t need to vaccinate ALL People to stop a virus in it’s tracks, there’s something more to Bill Gates and this vast production of vaccines he’s in it for a reason.

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Rogier -
@Hypnotoad He is funding some project called ‘ID2020’ . I think these nanochips will go to Africa etc.
Angela Macaroni
Bill Gates was never elected to anything therefore the people do not give him permission to make decisions for us.

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Mr. Round2
What’s so DAMN FUNNY BILL🤔

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Peter Whiter
This Man has more Idea about our situation than our leaders

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Marilyn Cole
He’s been pushing vaccines because he has a piece of the action Profits and he’s all for reducing the population he stated it many times a very evil man underneath all thats Now States he’s a health expert?how did he go from computers to a health expert did he go to medical school or something
Cameron Guthrie
How will this vaccine protect the malnourished from corona 20 or 21? Ten trillion dollars borrowed to prop up the world (from who?) but we cannot provide fresh water and sewage systems to the world that would give everyone’s immune systems the best chance of beating future viruses.

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emperor ruler
Great helper 2 nation
Callum Mackie
So many tin hats it’s unreal. Anyone becomes an expert on anything they study extensively or anything they practice frequently. Difference is he’ll be where I’d be probably 10x as quickly, he reads at 150 pages an hour and retains information at a much better rate. You are all likely experts in the field you work, to a degree. He’s a philanthropist, he thrives on problem solving, particularly ones where focus has been limited or selective, as billionaires go we’re lucky to have him.
Paul not Push
I KNOW WHAT I THINK!!! BullSh**.

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Ty h2
Bill Gates’s polio vaccination campaigns paralyzed 496,000 children in India between 2000 and 2017, causing his agency to be expelled from India and immediately lowering polio paralysis rates.” PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE TAKING HIS VACCINES

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Randall Trieb
And gates will make sure that a tracking chip (mark of the beast) in the vaccine. Don’t take the vaccine. Interesting that bills wife never allowed their children to get vaccines, no internet use, no cell phones.

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Sir Cliff Richard
I wouldn’t take Bill Gates vaccine even if he paid me, it’d be no better than something Dr. Shipman would produce!

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Toni Manuel
he is obssesed with getting a vaccine through a global effort.he doesnt want different private companies working on different vaccines..

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Robert Ashley
Sorry Bill I just don’t trust you or your vaccine that’s my personal opinion to everyone else happy Easter and prayers for the people

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Randall Trieb
Look up event 201. Bill failed to mention to mention that during his Teddy talk he said the earth is overpopulated and through vaccines population could be reduced. WHO is owned by gates .

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Master Of None
Epsteins buddy Gates cant even keep his operating system free of viruses. And We’re going to trust him as a “health expert “? ..gtfo.

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Ermias Asghedom
Go to bill gates Instagram and read the comments.

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Lei Robbie Zhang
Let’s listen to the guy who told the US that we should have been preparing since multiple years ago.

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emperor ruler
We will meet again
Aprilianto Sugito
propaganda new world order
Uttam Nepal
Can’t trust this Guy as its is all about making money lobbing government and pushing his ideas … he is no expert on medical but expert in how to make money and giving to charity he only make more money !! His idea is to control the supplies of vaccines by his organisation and hand full of fews!!!! Don’t get me wrong as he present himself a great guys but there must be hidden agendas!!

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Toni Manuel
from computers to vaccines..what a move!!

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Only Me
Include a new Windows 10 laptop and I’m in 👍

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emperor ruler
Thank you Great man

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Jeton Mexhuani
This is Bill and no one near him! ☝️

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Carole Prentice
I and other medical experts – hallo?

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Carole Prentice
How is Bill Gates a medical expert ?????

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Marius Daugys
Why this dude is so special?

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Sharon McGinty
A global problem that will make Gates even more money

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Abu Huraira
It’s pointless to complain about the world problems of the world as long as we continue contributing to them

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John Gregson
The rise in autism follows the rise in vaccines stick your poison billy

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Charles Ramsey
what do software and vaccinations have in common? cobbler stick to your last!

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John Gregson
No no no nobody’s reporting on the damage his vaccines have done the hundreds left paralysed this sick individual wants to cut the world population down by 10-15% that’s a lot of people to make disappear typically the bbc gives him a platform check the reports about the victims of his vaccines that his vaccine companies produce look at the damage he’s done in Africa testing on the poorest

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John Gregson
It’s mass murder with a cheesy smile

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Silver Excalibur
I don’t trust this guy why is he trying to push this so much seems a bit pushy to me

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emperor ruler
R u Rich?Richer?or Did u ever felt that you poor health

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To Be Continued
you need me or india thats it
TrojAn064
I’m not even British and I’m here before most British people have seen this.

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akward
This doesnt look like him

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John Boy
Scum. He’s wanted this for years

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Liangma Yin
I trust him because I trust he doesn’t have a political agenda.
Silver Excalibur
Why we talking to bill gates for ?

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CCPvirus XiVirus
“Vaccine to all 7 billion people” ??? Looks like things escalating pretty quick eh !!! Excuse me… you can take that extra vaccine shot for me Mr. Gates. 😷 Thanks but NO THANKS

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EMCT 083
Welcome to the New World Order

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Vijay Iyer
Bill GATES is like ☺😊😀😁😂😃😄😅😆😆😆😈😈😈😉😉😉💰💰💰💰💰💰💰

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I W
Bill Gates is not a health expert.

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Tom
cool video dude

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Mr Torrance
His vaccine is actually a con to have everyone microchipped. It’s pushy for a reason. No microchip, no holidays abroad or work for you. On benefits and refuse to get the vaccine? Your benefits stop.
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