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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
An Old Man’s Song
By Alexey Koltzov (1809–1842)
 
I SHALL saddle a horse,
A swift courser, he,
I shall fly, I shall rush,
As the hawk is keen,
Over fields, over seas,        5
To a distant land.
I shall overtake there
My young youth again.
I shall make myself spruce
Be a blade again,        10
I shall make a fine show
For the girls again.
But alas! no road leads
To the past we’ve left,
And the sun will not rise        15
For us in the west.
 
 
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