Baruch Spinoza

by Jorge Luis Borges

A haze of gold, the Occident lights up
The window. Now, the assiduous manuscript
Is waiting, weighed down with the infinite.
Someone is building God in a dark cup.
A man engenders God. He is a Jew.
With saddened eyes and lemon-colored skin;
Time carries him the way a leaf, dropped in
A river, is borne off by waters to
Its end. No matter. The magician moved
Carves out his God with fine geometry;
From his disease, from nothing, he's begun
To construct God, using the word. No one
Is granted such prodigious love as he:
The love that has no hope of being loved.


SOURCE: Borges, Jorge Luis. "Baruch Spinoza" [from The Unending Rose], translation by Willis Barnstone, in Borges' Selected Poems, edited by Alexander Coleman. (New York: Viking, 1999), p. 383.


Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Study Materials on the Web
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"Spinoza" poem by Jorge Luis Borges

"The Congress" by Jorge Luis Borges

On “The Congress” by Jorge Luis Borges: Observations and Questions
by Ralph Dumain

Hajkoj kaj Tankaoj de Jorge Luis Borges, tradukis Carlos A. Castrillón

La Biblioteko de Babelo de Jorge Luis Borges, tradukis Gulio Cappa [in Esperanto]

A Taxonomy of Surreal Taxonomists by Prentiss Riddle

The Cyclical Night: Irony in James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges by L. A. Murrilo

Borges blog entries (start)

"Zu Spinozas Ethik" (On Spinoza's Ethics) — poem by Albert Einstein

Heinrich Heine on Spinoza and Our Lenses

Heinrich Heine on Leibniz & Spinoza

"Spinoza, the First Secular Jew?" by Yirmiyahu Yovel

Spinoza’s World-View by A. M. Deborin

Spinoza's Attributes by Constantin Brunner

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Spinoza (Borges poem in Spanish)

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Borges Center

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