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SLL330 – Russian Thought and Civilization The Golden Age of Russian poetry from Zhukovsky, “The Bard” [The bard sings] “What's life, when charm is lacking? To know of bliss, with all the spirit's striving, Only to see oneself cut off by an abyss; Each moment to desire and yet fear desiring. .. O refuge of vexatious hearts, O grave, sure path to peace, When will you call to your embrace The poor bard?" The bard's no more . .. his lyre's silent. .. All trace of him has disappeared from here; The hills and valleys mourn; And all is still . .. save zephyrs soft, That stir the faded wreath, And waft betimes above the grave, A woeful lyre responds: Poor bard! Baratynsky, “The Waterfall” Crash, crash from a dizzying height, Gray torrent, never cease! Marry your lingering roar With the lingering echo of a valley. I hear the North wind whistle Rocking the creaking pines, And your rebellious thunder Chimes with the thundering storm. Why do I pay you heed With such wild expectation? Why does my breast tremble With some premonition? As if entranced, I stand Above your steaming depths, And my heart seems to comprehend Your wordless utterance. Crash, crash from a dizzying height, Gray torrent, never cease! Marry your lingering roar With the lingering echo of a valley. from Baratynsky’s “The Last Poet” The deep blue sea alone Declines man's sovereignty, But offers breadth and freedom And welcome to all things; Nor has it known a change
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