We parted…

( by Mikhail Lermontov, 1837
Translated by Anatoly Liberman )

( Photo by Yan McLine )

We parted, but your likeness stays
Forever hidden on my breast;
A vision from my older days,
It brings my soul content and rest.

And in the passions’ later play
I always think of you as mine;
Thus to the fallen gods we pray
And kneel at a forsaken shrine.

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