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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
Euthanasia
By Andrey Bely (Pseudonym of Boris Bugayev) (b. 1880)
 
THE SHINING and ponderous goblet
I empty: the earth drops below me,
All things sink away,—I am treading
Cold space—the vast void—the dim ether.
But distant, in ancient space looming,        5
My glimmering goblet: the Sun.
 
I look—far below me are lying
The rivers, the forests, the valleys,
Estranged in the vanishing distance.
A cloud, blowing fog on my eyelids,        10
Trails gossamer gold in its going.
 
The flickering landscape is burning
Its last: mid-day stars newly-kindled
Look into my soul, sparkling: “Welcome,”
With radiance silently streaming:        15
“The end of long wanderings, brother,
Lies here, in your motherland, welcome!”
 
Slow hour upon hour in procession,
Slow centuries, smiling, pass onward.
In ancient space proudly I lift it,        20
My glimmering goblet: the Sun.
 
 
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