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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Peasant’s Musing
By Alekseï Koltsov (1809–1842)
 
Translation of Eugene Mark Kayden

AT my cheerless table
I a-musing sit:
How is one to be
In the world alone?
I, a stalwart youth,        5
Have no wife, no mate;
I, a stalwart youth,
Want a loving friend.
Want a harrow, share;
Want a kindly hearth;        10
Want a barn well-stocked,
And a good plough-horse.
One small heritage,
Joined with poverty,
My good father left,—        15
’Tis my lusty strength.
Even that how soon
Bitter need lays low,
Among strangers spent
In unfruitful toil.        20
At my cheerless table
I a-musing sit:
How is one to be
In the world alone?
 
 
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