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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
“I Seek for Rhythmic Whisperings”
By Zinaida Hippius (Mme. Dmitry Merezhkovsky) (b. 1869)
I SEEK for rhythmic whisperings
Where noises bandy—
For life I listen wistfully
In footless banter.
I cast wide nets and tentative        5
In lakes of sorrow.
I go toward final tenderness
By pathways sordid.
I look for dewdrops glistering
In falsehood’s gardens.        10
I save truth’s globules glistening,
From dust-heaps garnered.
I fain would fathom fortitude
Through years of wormwood—
And pierce the mortal fortalice,        15
Yet live, a worldling.
My cup, through ways impassable,
To bear, untainted;
By tenebrous bleak passages
To joy attaining.        20

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