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Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova

ANNA AKHMATOVA: "You'll Live, But I'll Not..."

"You'll Live, But I'll Not..."

1959
You'll live, but I'll not; perhaps,
The final turn is that.
Oh, how strongly grabs us
The secret plot of fate.

They differently shot us:
Each creature has its lot,
Each has its order, robust, --
A wolf is always shot.

In freedom, wolves are grown,
But deal with them is short:
In grass, in ice, in snow, --
A wolf is always shot.

Don't cry, oh, friend my dear,
If, in the hot or cold,
From tracks of wolves, you'll hear
My desperate recall.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, August, 2000
Edited by Dmitry Karshtedt, February, 2001


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