by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1850 - 1916)

Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's...
Language: English 
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Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;
Make glad [and]1 sorry seasons as thou fleets,
As do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and [all]2 her fading sweets;
But I forbid thee one most heinous crime:
O! carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen;
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty's pattern to succeeding men.
  Yet, do thy worst old Time: despite thy wrong, 
  My love shall in my verse ever live young.

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Сонет 19
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the English 
Тупи и старь, о время, когти львов,
Пусть жрет земля то, что сама рождает!
Пусть тигра пасть лишается зубов,
Пусть Феникс сам в своей крови сгорает!
Твори, что хочешь, смерть и жизнь неся,
И по пути все вялое сметая!
Лети над миром, крася и кося, —
Но одного не трогай, пролетая:
Не борозди морщинами лица
Моей любви. Пускай без изменений
Останется оно для образца
И радости грядущих поколений…
‎А впрочем, что ни делай, чужд мне страх:
‎Мой милый вечно юн в моих стихах.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-24
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