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Osip Mandelshtam

Osip Mandelshtam

"No, Not the Moon..."

No, not the moon, but simple dial-plate
Is lightning me, and ‘tis my nasty fate,
That lights of stars I feel as light internal!

And loftiness of Batyushkov I hate:
"What time is it?" - he had been asked there
                                        late --
And he had answered with curiosity "Eternal!"


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver October, 1994

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