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Alice Stone Blackwell

SONGS OF RUSSIA


Contents | Preface | Maxim Gorky | V. V. Bashkin | S. J. Nadson
Nekrasov | Morris Rosenfeld | G. Galin | P. Polivanov | A. K. Tolstoy
M. L. Mikhailov | N. A. Dobroliubov | David Edelstadt


N. A. DOBROLIUBOV

DEATH'S JEST

What if I die? 'Twere little grief!
But one fear wrings my breast—
Perhaps Death too, may play on me
A grim, insulting jest.

I fear that over my cold corpse
Hot tears may fall in showers;
That someone, with a foolish zeal,
May heap my bier with flowers;

That friends may crowd behind my hearse
With thoughts of grief sincere,
And when I lie beneath the mould,
Men's hearts may hold me dear;

That all which I so eagerly
And vainly used to crave
In life, may brightly smile on me
When I am in my grave!

 

Contents | Preface | Maxim Gorky | V. V. Bashkin | S. J. Nadson
Nekrasov | Morris Rosenfeld | G. Galin | P. Polivanov | A. K. Tolstoy
M. L. Mikhailov | N. A. Dobroliubov | David Edelstadt

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Armenian Poems translated by Alice Stone Blackwell

Acknowledgements:

Source: Blackwell, Alice Stone. Songs of Russia rendered into English verse by Alice Stone Blackwell. Chicago, IL: printed under the Supervision of Charles H. Kerr & Company (Co-operative)
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Scanned by: Arevik Garamova
OCR: Karen Vrtanesyan

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