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Cvetajeva, Marina: Daniel (Даниил in English)

Portre of Cvetajeva, Marina
Portre of Kneller, Andrey

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Даниил (Russian)

Села я на подоконник, ноги свесив.
Он тогда спросил тихонечко: Кто здесь?
- Это я пришла. - Зачем? - Сама не знаю.
- Время позднее, дитя, а ты не спишь.

Я луну увидела на небе,
Я луну увидела и луч.
Упирался он в твое окошко, -
Оттого, должно быть, я пришла...

О, зачем тебя назвали Даниилом?
Все мне снится, что тебя терзают львы!

26 июля 1916

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Daniel (English)

I sat on the windowsill, with my legs dangling
He then asked me quietly: Who’s there? 
- It is I that came – And why? – I do not know.
- My child, it’s rather late and you’re not sleeping.

I saw the moon up in the sky,
I saw the moon, I saw its beam.
It pushed against your window, -
And perhaps, that’s why I’m here…

O, tell me why they named you Daniel?
I keep on dreaming of you mangled by the lions!

July 26, 1916

Daniel: In the Bible, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for worshiping God, when it was outlawed to worship anyone other than King Darius for a 30 day period. Daniel was saved by an angel who shut the mouths of the lions.

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