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Lalla Ruk

Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky 1783 (village of Mishenskoe) – 1852

Dearest dream, my soul's enchantment
  Lovely guest from heav'n above,
Most benevolent attender
  To the earthly realm below,
You gave me blissful satisfaction
  Momentary but complete:
Bringing with you happy tidings -
  Like a herald from the skies.

I dreamed dreams of life eternal
  In that Promised Land of peace;
I dreamed dreams of fragrant regions,
  Of a tranquil, sweet Kashmir;
I could witness celebrations,
  Festivals of roses vernal
Honoring that lovely maiden
  From lands strange and far away.

And, with glistening enchantment
  Like an angel from above, -
This untainted, youthful vision
  Came before my dreaming eyes;
Like a veil, a shining shroud
  Screened her lovely face from view,
Tenderly she did incline
  Her shy gazes toward the earth.

All her traits - her timid shyness
  Underneath her shining crown,
Childlike her animation,
  And her face's noble beauty -
Glowing with a depth of feeling,
  Sweet serenity and peace -
All of these completely artless
  Indescribably sublime!

As I watched, the apparition
  (Captivating me in passing)
Never to return, flew by;
  I pursued - but it had gone!
T'was a vision merely fleeting,
  Transient illumination
Leaving nothing but a legend
  Of its passing through my life!

T'is not ours to harbor
  Beauty's spirit - Ah, so pure!
It comes nigh but for a moment
  From its heavenly abode;
Like a dream, it slips away,
  Like an airy dream of morning:
But in sacred reminiscence
  It is married with the heart!

Only in the purest instants
  Of our life does it appear
Bringing with it revelations
  Beneficial to our hearts;
That our hearts may know of heaven
  In this earthly shadow realm,
It allows us momentary
  Glimpses through the earthly veil.

And through all that here is lovely,
  All that animates our lives,
To our souls it speaks a language
  Reassuring and distinct;
When it quits our earthly region
  It bestows a gift of love
Glowing in our evening heaven:
  'Tis a farewell star for all to see.
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Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky

Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky was the foremost Russian poet of the 1810s and a leading figure in Russian literature in the first half of the 19th century. more…

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