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Mikhail Lermontov

Mikhail Lermontov

MIKHAIL LERMONTOV: "No, I'm Not Byron..."

"No, I'm Not Byron..."

No, I'm not Byron; I am, yet,
Another choice for the sacred dole,
Like him - a persecuted soul,
But only of the Russian set.
I early start and end the whole,
And will not win the future days;
Like in an ocean, in my soul,
A cargo of lost hopes stays.
Who, oh, my ocean severe,
Could read all secrets in your scroll?
Who'll tell the people my idea?
I'm God or no one at all!


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver
Edited by Dmitry Karshtedt, May, 2001


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