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Valery Bryusov

Valery Bryusov

Obligations

1898

I don't have any my obligations,
But the real assurance in me.
This idea has not validations,
Only love helps its rightness to see.

They are endless -- the ways of perfection,
Keep each moment of life strong and safe!
This world has only single attraction --
To become a better man than you self.

Strong detest, cold apathy, gentleness --
Your life's road consists of these few.
It is good, flying into the endless,
To observe you yourself behind you.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, September, 2000

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