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Evgeny Baratynsky

Evgeny Baratynsky

EVGENY BARATYNSKY: The Sculptor

The Sculptor

When fixed his gaze upon the stone,
The artist saw a nymph inside, 
And fire ran through vein his own – 
He flew to her in all his heart.

But though full of strong desire,
He’s now overcome the spell: 
The chisel, piecemeal and unhurried,
From his high goddess, sanctified,
Removes a shell after a shell.

In the sweet and vague preoccupation
More than a day or a year will pass;
But from the goddess of his passion,
The fallen veil will not be last,

Until, perceiving his desire,
Under the chisel’s gentle caress,
And answering by a gaze of fire,
Sweat Galatea brings entire
The sage into a first embrace.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, January, 2001


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