Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet

(5 December 1820 - 3 December 1892 / Novosyolky)

When You Were Reading Those Tormented Lines Poem by Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet


When you were reading those tormented lines
In which the heart's resonant flame sends out glowing streams
And passion's fatal torrents rear up,-
Didn't you recall a single thing?

I can't believe it! That night on the steppe
When, in the midnight mist a premature dawn,
Transparent, lovely as a miracle,
Broke in the distance before you

And your unwilling eye was to this beauty drawn
To that majestic glow beyond the realm of darkness,-
How could it be that nothing whispered to you then:
A man has perished in that fire!

Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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