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‘I have understood how to set a word off…’ (Aleksei Vernitsky)

December 31, 2014

I have understood how to set a word off
My soul has been freed from the mist
Not in vain have I read Kheraskov
Not in vain have I read Kapnist.

But there are other faces with them
Alas, that trouble my gaze
The complex syllabic rhythm
The choir that is silent always.

Я понял назначенье слова,
Моя душа стала чиста.
Не зря я читал Хераскова,
Не зря я читал Капниста.

Но за ними — иные лики,
Увы, тревожащие взор:
Сложные ритмы силлабики,
Загадочный умолкший хор.