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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
The Birch Tree
By Sergey Gorodetzky (1884–1921)
 
UPON an amber day I loved you first,
      When, summoned by the radiant azure,
      From every grateful twig there burst
      Sweet indolence in dripping measure.
 
Your whitely shining body gleamed as white        5
      As heady foam on lakes unfolding,
      Gay laughing Lel 1 drew out the bright
      Black hair, its beauty lightly holding.
 
Himself, the god Yarila 2 crowned your hair
      With garlands green in gorgeous pleasure,        10
      And flung it, plaited, to the air:
      Green glory tossed upon the azure.
 
Note 1. The Russian Pan. [back]
Note 2. The Russian Dionysos. [back]
 
 
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