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Blok, "О, я хочу безумно жить"

To Alexandra on her birthday, one of the greatest short poems ever written ("O, I so madly want to live"), the work of this Russian man of letters.  You can read the original here.

O, I so madly want to live:      
The realest to eternalize, 
The faceless to personify,   
The never-been sweet breath to give!

May heavy sleep destroy this life,   
And may I drown within these dreams;   
Perhaps some youth with joy so rife       
Will come to speak thus of my streams:

Forgive his sad and sullen might,
This cannot be his secret force;
He is the child of Good and Light,
He is our solemn freedom's course.

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