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 Anna A. Akhmatova


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Мне голос был. Он звал утешно. I heard a voice. It promised solace.
Он говорил: "Иди сюда, "Come here," it seemed to softly call.
Оставь свой край глухой и грешный. "Leave Russia, sinning, lost and graceless,
Оставь Россию навсегда. Leave your land, pray, for good and all.
Я кровь от рук твоих отмою, I'll cleanse your hands of blood that stains you,
Из сердца выну черный стыд, And from your heart draw out black shame,
Я новым именем покрою The hurts of failure, wrongs that pain you
Боль поражений и обид". I'll veil with yet another name."
Но равнодушно и спокойно With even, calm deliberation
Руками я замкнула слух, I raised my hands to stop my ears,
Чтоб этой речью недостойной Lest that ignoble invitation
Не осквернился скорбный дух. Defile a spirit lost in tears.

1917 Translated by Gladys Evans
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