"And I pour out in words of fire A song not yet known to the world."

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translated from the Russian by J. Kates

The Poet's Dream

Sound lies in the silent lyre
Like a spark lurking in the cloud;
And I pour out in words of fire
A song not yet known to the world.

In the dark a voice for the people
Singing not because he is vain
Gathers with an unfettered soul
Immortal flowers of heaven;

Accolades will not seduce him,
Nor seeks he an early laurel. -
Honor his dream, holy dream
Of a warrior going to war.



J. Kates is a poet and literary translator who lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. His translations of the Romantic Russian poets will be forthcoming in an anthology of international Romantic poetry edited by Michael Ferber. An Anthology of European Romantic Poetry in Translation, Longman (US) 2004.