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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
Centuries of Centuries Will Pass
By Konstantin Balmont (b. 1867)
LONG centuries of centuries will pass, unsighted
Millenniums as locusts in deathy clouds descend,
And in the muttering of centuries affrighted
The same enduring firmament will watch the end.
The dumb, dead firmament—that God will not remember,        5
Who breathes Eternity behind the farther skies,
Beyond the fading of the last star’s last slow ember,
Beyond the utter threshold words may scrutinize.
Forever cold, that starry desert, clouds out-topping,
Is flung forth, alien to the end, on space,        10
When tearing comet-fires will crumble with it, dropping
As dumbly burning tears from a despairing face.

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