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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
Prayer
By Anna Akhmatova
 
GIVE me comfortless seasons of sickness,
Visitations of wrath and of wrong
On my house; Lord, take child and companion,
And destroy the sweet power of song.
 
Thus I pray at each matins, each vespers,        5
After these many wearying days,
That the storm-cloud which broods over Russia
May be changed to a nimbus ablaze.
 
 
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