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Ahmatova, Anna Andrejevna: Muse (Муза in English)

Portre of Ahmatova, Anna Andrejevna
Portre of Kneller, Andrey

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Муза (Russian)

Когда я ночью жду ее прихода, 
Жизнь, кажется, висит на волоске. 
Что почести, что юность, что свобода 
Пред милой гостьей с дудочкой в руке. 

И вот вошла. Откинув покрывало, 
Внимательно взглянула на меня. 
Ей говорю: "Ты ль Данту диктовала 
Страницы Ада?" Отвечает: "Я". 

1924, Казанская, 2



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Muse (English)

When at night I’m waiting her arrival,
Life, it seems, is hanging by a thread.
Glory, youth and freedom cannot rival
The joy she brings me, with a flute in hand.

She enters, and before I can discern her,
She stares at me with an attentive eye.
“Were you,” I ask, “the cause of the Inferno
For Dante?” – And she answers: “I!”

1924, Kazanskaya 2



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