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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
The Dragon
By Fyodor Sologub (Pseudonym of Fyodor Teternikov) (b. 1863)
EVIL dragon in the zenith fiercely glowing,
Filaments of flame across the heavens throwing,
Singeing all the valley with a heat that scorches,—
From the deep, dark quiver I will pluck an arrow
Tipped with subtle poison that shall find thy marrow:        5
All too early flourish thy triumphal torches.
I shall draw my bow in valiant retribution,
I, executor of ruthless execution,
And thy groaning answer my glad ears shall cherish
As I speed the sudden doom long overhanging,        10
And the arrow whizzes with a brazen twanging.
Thou shalt fade, thou evil dragon, thou shalt perish.

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