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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
From “The Daemon,” Part I, xv
By Mikhail Lermontov (1814–1841)
ON the sightless seas of ether,
Rudderless, without a sail,
Choirs of stars uplift their voices,
Where the mist-waves rise and fail.
Through the hemless fields of heaven        5
Wander wide and tracelessly
Clouds, unshepherded, unnumbered,
Pale, ephemeral and free.
Hour of parting, hour of meeting,
Neither gladden them, nor fret;        10
Theirs no yearning toward the future,
Theirs no haunting of regret.
On the grim day of disaster
These remember, worlds away:
Be beyond earth’s reach as these are,        15
And indifferent as they.

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