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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
The Curse of Love
By Dmitry Merezhkovsky (b. 1865)
WITH heavy anguish, hopeless straining,
The bonds of love I would remove.
Oh, to be loosed from their enchaining!
Oh, freedom, only not to love!
The soul that shame and fear are scourging        5
Crawls through a mist of dust and blood.
From dust, great God, my spirit purging,
Oh, spare me from love’s bitter flood!
Is pity’s wall alone unshaken?
I pray to God, I cry in vain,        10
More weary, by all hope forsaken;
Resistless love grows great again.
There is no freedom, unforgiven,
We live as slaves, by life consumed;
We perish, tortured, bound and driven,        15
Promised to death, and to love—doomed.

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