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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
“Austere the Music of My Songs”
By Fyodor Sologub (Pseudonym of Fyodor Teternikov) (b. 1863)
AUSTERE the music of my songs:
The echo of sad utterance fills them,
A bitter breath, far-wafted, chills them;
And is my back not bent to thongs?
The mists of day on darkness fall;        5
The vainly promised land I follow
Upon a road the shadows swallow;
The world rears round me like a wall.
At times from that far land the vain
Faint voice will sound like distant thunder.        10
Can long abeyance of a wonder
Obliterate the long bleak pain?

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