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Mikhail Lermontov

Mikhail Lermontov

MIKHAIL LERMONTOV: To Trubetskoy

To Trubetskoy

The world has gone to whole null;
Takes no kind of intimation;
Tell him not straight, “You are a fool.” – 
He’ll take it as an acclamation!
They used to hate, in a whole span,                       
All with a seal of sense, forever!
So, if I want to hurt a man,
I would him call one that is clever!


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, November, 2000


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