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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/The Deserted Shrine

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MILAN RAKIĆ.

 

THE DESERTED SHRINE.

 

Christ upon His cross lies in the ancient shrine.
Down His riven limbs blood leaves its clotted trace;
Dead His eyes and pale and lulled, Death's very sign;
Welded silver weaves a halo o'er His face.

Gift of old-time lords and pious populace,
Ducats on His throat, linked as a necklet, shine;
On the frame the purest silver meshes twine,
And the frame was carved by smith of Debar's race.

Thus, amid the lonely church, doth Christ abide,
And while gradual darkness falls on every side,
With a swarm of night-birds, on their prey intent,

In the lonely shrine, where vampires wheel around,
Christ with hands outstretched, benumbed and horror-bound,
Endlessly awaits the flock that ne'er is sent.

 
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Original:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1938, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
Translation:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1970, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.