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Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova

ANNA AKHMATOVA: Courage

Courage

1942
We know what is now on History’s scales,
What is, in the world, going now.
The hour of courage shew our clock’s hands.
Our courage will not bend its brow.
None fears to die under the bullet’s siege,
None bitters to lose one’s home here, --
And we will preserve you, O great Russian speech,
O Russian great word, we all bear.
We’ll carry you out, clear and free, as a wave,
Give you to our heirs, and from slavery save.
Forever!


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, August 13, 2004
Corrected May-June 2008

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