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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
“You Sit on the Bed There”
By Andrey Bely (Pseudonym of Boris Bugayev) (b. 1880)
(Opening poem of the “Funeral Mass” cycle)

“YOU sit on the bed there
In the sunset’s full crimson,
Pillows crumpled,
Looking distracted,—what
Troubles you?”        5
                “Oh, swept by
                Gold cataracts,
                The fir-tree tops
                Loom athwart the sky’s blue.”        10
“Orphaned, alone, I shall
Through summery
Twilights and Winter nights.
There are new flights, but        15
Try them I dare not.
Oh, do not die!”
                “Oh, above the pines
                I float off into æther seas.
                Who, there, what, there,        20
                Swathes the sky with whitenesses,
                As with vestments of silver?”

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