Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Ангел
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
В дверях Эдема ангел нежный
Главой поникшею сиял,
А демон мрачный и мятежный
Над адской бездною летал.

Дух отрицанья, дух сомненья
На духа чистого взирал
И жар невольный умиленья
Впервые смутно познавал.

«Прости,» он рёк, «тебя я видел,
И ты недаром мне сиял:
Не всё я в [небе]1 ненавидел,
Не всё я в мире презирал.»

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1 Cui: "мире" (mire)

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  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , "The angel", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ange", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Ange
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
À la porte du paradis, un gentil ange
La tête penchée se tenait brillant,
Et le démon sombre et rebelle
Au dessus de l'abîme infernal s'envolait.

Esprit de négation, esprit de doute,
Il regardait l'ange de lumière
Et le feu d'une tendresse involontaire
Pour la première fois il le perçut vaguement.

« Pardonne », dit-il, « Je t'ai vu,
Et ce n'est pas en vain que tu as brillé pour moi :
Pour tout ce que j'ai détesté dans le ciel,
Pour tout ce que j'ai méprisé dans le monde. »

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