No Comment — December 29, 2007, 12:06 am

Lermontov’s ‘Dream’

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In noon’s heat, in a dale of Dagestan
With lead inside my breast, stirless I lay;
The deep wound still smoked on; my blood
Kept trickling drop by drop away.
On the dale’s sand alone I lay. The cliffs
Crowded around in ledges steep,
And the sun scorched their tawny tops
And scorched me – but I slept death’s sleep.
And in a dream I saw an evening feast
That in my native land with bright lights shone;
Among young women crowned with flowers,
A merry talk concerning me went on.
But in the merry talk not joining,
One of them sat there lost in thought,
And in a melancholy dream
Her young soul was immersed – God knows by what.
Finish reading Nabokov’s translation of The Dream here

Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, ??? (The Dream)(1840) (transl. V. Nabokov)

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