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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
Verses Written During a Sleepless Night
By Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837)
SLEEP I cannot find, nor light:
Everywhere is dark and slumber,
Only weary tickings number
The slow hours of the night.
Parca, jabbering, woman-fashion,        5
Sleeping night, without compassion,
Life, who stirs like rustling mice,
Why encage me in thy vise?
Why the whispering insistence,—
Art thou but the pale persistence        10
Of a day departed twice?
What black failures dost thou reckon?
Dost thou prophesy or beckon?
I would know whence thou art sprung,
I would study thy dark tongue…        15

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