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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
From “The Twelve”
By Alexander Blok (1880–1921)
 
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THE CITY’S roar is far away,
Black silence broods on Neva’s brink.
No more police! We can be gay,
Comrades, without a drop to drink.
 
A boorzhooy, a lonely mourner,        5
His nose tucked in his ragged fur,
Stands lost and idle on the corner,
Tagged by a cringing, mangy cur.
 
The boorzhooy like a hungry mongrel:
A silent question stands and begs;        10
The old world like a kinless mongrel
Stands there, its tail between its legs.
 
 
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