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The tenth commandment

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Master
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0 posted 05-06-2000 05:19 PM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

*Another one of my translations, again it's a poem from Aleksander Pushkin.


Donít covet goods of other beings --
My Goodness, Youíve commanded so;
The limits of my will You know --
Am I to manage tender feelings?!
I wish not to offend my friend,
His village I do not desire,
And for his steer I donít aspire,
Iím gazing at it with a content:
His men, his house and his cattle,
Iím tempted not, though all is great.
But letís imagine that his maid
Is beautiful... Iíve lost the battle!
And if by chance his ladyís pretty
And gifted with an angelís skin
Then God forgive me for my sin
Of being envious and greedy!
Who can command a heart like this?
Who is a slave to feeble effort?
Not love a person who is revered?--
Who can resist the heavenís bliss?
I sigh from sadness and perceive,
But I must honor my conviction,
Afraid to flatter heartís ambition,
Iím silent... and alone I grieve.



†"I will not whole die, my soul in sacred lyre,
will outlive my dust and will escape decay,
And in the moonlit sphere, my glory will not tire
As long as poets still remain" A. Pushkin




[This message has been edited by Master (edited 05-07-2000).]
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brian madden
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the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest,
maybe it is time for you to find a new religion or perhaps a new hobby. Great poem, I loved the last bit.
netswan
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master - these poems that you translate
from others are very interesting.
You really do a great job.


netswan
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Another well done, Master!!  

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Master
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Thank you for responding everyone, it means a lot to me.
 
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