by Anna Andreyevna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Я была на краю чего‑то
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Я была на краю чего-то,
Чему верного нет названья...
Зазывающая дремота,
От себя самой ускользание...

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-12
Line count: 4
Word count: 15

J'étais sur le bord de quelque chose
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
J'étais sur le bord de quelque chose,
Qui n'a pas de véritable nom...
Un sommeil qui vous presse de venir,
Une évasion de soi-même...

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Translation of the title "Смерть" = "Mort"


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Word count: 24