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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
The Unknown Woman
By Alexander Blok (1880–1921)
I HAVE foreknown Thee! Oh, I have foreknown Thee. Going,
The years have shown me Thy premonitory face.
Intolerably clear, the farthest sky is glowing.
I wait in silence Thy withheld and worshiped grace.
The farthest sky is glowing: white for Thy appearing.        5
Yet terror clings to me. Thy image will be strange.
And insolent suspicion will rouse upon Thy nearing.
The features long foreknown, beheld at last, will change.
How shall I then be fallen!—low, with no defender:
Dead dreams will conquer me; the glory, glimpsed, will change.        10
The farthest sky is glowing! Nearer looms the splendor!
Yet terror clings to me. Thy image will be strange.

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