Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Art
FROM THE "IRONICAL SICILIAN OCTAVES" (1913).
I penned a mighty epic poem of yore,
But afterwards observed that it was naught,
And burnt it ; but with one chant I forbore,
Which was a gem of sentiment, methought.
Later, with deeper care, I read it o’er,
And quoth: “Its point in satire could be
But now—the reader gleefully may roar—
Only an epigram, in fine. I’ve wrought.