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Gavril Derzhavin

GAVRIIL DERZHAVIN: "The River-Time..."

"The River-Time..."

The river-time, in its fast currents,
Bears away all people’s deals,
And drowns kingdoms, kings, and countries,
In the forgetfulness’ abyss.

And if, due pipes’ or lyres’ greatness,
Shall anything remain of that,
It shall be gobbled by the endless,
And shall not dodge the common fate.   


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, December, 2000


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