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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
Three Springs
By Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837)
 
THREE springs in life’s unbroken joyless desert
Mysteriously issue from the sands:
The spring of youth, uneven and rebellious,
Bears swift its sparkling stream through sunny lands;
Life’s exiles drink the wave of inspiration        5
That swells the limpid fount of Castaly;
But ’tis the deep, cold wellspring of oblivion
That slakes most sweetly thirst and ecstasy.
 
 
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