Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Пока не требует поэта
к священной жертве Аполлон,
в заботах суетного света
он малодушно погружен;

молчит его святая лира;
душа в кушает хладный сон,
и меж детей ничтожных мира,
быть может, всех ничтожней он.

Но лишь божественный глагол
до слуха чуткого коснется,
душа поэта встрепенется,
как пробудившийся орёл.

Тоскует  он в забавах мира,
людской чуждается молвы,
к ногам народного кумира
не клонит гордой головы;

бежит он, дикий и суровый,
и звуков, и смятенья полн,
на берега пустынных волн,
в широко-шумные дубровы...

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , title 1: "The poet", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le poète", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 81

The poet
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
While the poet is not summoned
For a sacred oblation by Apollo, 
In the chores of the mundane world 
He is submerged carelessly;
His holy lyre is silent;
His soul partakes cold slumber,
And amongst the feeble creatures of the world
He is, probably, the most feeble. 

But as soon as Godly accents
Touch the sensitive hearing, 
The poet's soul shudders
Like an awakened eagle.

He is bored amidst worldly gaiety, 
He flees society's bustle, 
Before the people's idol
He does not bow his proud head;

He escapes, wild and rugged, 
Full of sounds and turmoil, 
To the shores of desolate waves, 
To the ever roaring oak woods...


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This text was added to the website: 2017-01-14
Line count: 20
Word count: 108