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Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

(5 December 1803 – 27 July 1873 / Ovstug)

Elysium Of Shades


Elysium of shades this soul of mine,
Shades silent, luminous, and wholly severed
From this tempestuous age, these restless times,
Their joys and griefs, their aims and their endeavours.

Speak, O my soul, Elysium of shades!
What bonds have you with life? Speak, phantoms summoned
From out a day whose very memory fades -
What have you with this heartless mob in common?

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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