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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Drowsy the waves

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UKRAINIAN:

 

TARAS SHEVTCHENKO.

 

1. DROWSY THE WAVES.

 

Drowsy the waves and dim the sky,
Across the shore and far away,
Like drunken things the rushes sway
Without a wind. O God on high,
Is it decreed that longer yet
Within this lockless prison set,
Beside this sea that profits naught,
I am to languish? Answering not,
Like to a living thing, the grain
Sways mute and yellowing on the plain;
No tidings will it let me hear,
And none besides to give me ear.
(1848.)