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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
From “The Twelve”
By Alexander Blok (1880–1921)

THE CITY’S roar is far away,
Black silence broods on Neva’s brink.
No more police! We can be gay,
Comrades, without a drop to drink.
A boorzhooy, a lonely mourner,        5
His nose tucked in his ragged fur,
Stands lost and idle on the corner,
Tagged by a cringing, mangy cur.
The boorzhooy like a hungry mongrel:
A silent question stands and begs;        10
The old world like a kinless mongrel
Stands there, its tail between its legs.

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