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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
Funeral
By Vyacheslav Ivanov (b. 1866)
 
OF funerals, the saddest
Is love’s that dies unanswered.
The soul has two to bury:
The soul of the beloved
And its own other selfhood.        5
And a third enters, living,
The funeral flame that wraps them;
His wings a yoke has weighted:
Him the wise lips of lovers
Call in their kisses, Eros,        10
And gods: the Resurrector.
 
 
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