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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
Swallows
By Afanasy Shenshin-Foeth (1820–1892)
 
CALM Nature’s idle spy, I follow
In joy her pathways; free and fond,
I watch the arrow-winged swift swallow
Who curves above the dusking pond.
 
It dashes forward, lightly skimming        5
The glassy surface, half in fear
Of alien clutching waters—dimming
The lightning wings before they veer.
 
And once again the same quick daring,
And once again the same dark stream….        10
Is not this flight our human faring?
Is not this urge our human dream?
 
Thus I, frail vessel, am forbidden
To take the foreign road, and dip
To scoop a drop; the ways are hidden        15
Of alien streams I may not sip.
 
 
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