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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
“Upon the Black Brow of a Cliff”
By Vasily Bashkin (c. 1880–1909)
 
UPON the black brow of a cliff where no life ever stirred
Alighted strong, hoary-winged eagles, grave bird upon bird.
 
They whetted their claws on the stones, sitting massive and grum,
And loudly they called on their lately-fledged comrades to come.
 
Slow-measured and heavy the beat of their wings on the skies,        5
Assuageless the rage that tempestuous burned in their eyes.
 
And each newly-come they acclaimed with the pride of the peer:
“Hail, comrade! Delay not! The days we have longed for are near.”
 
 
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