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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/The Impotence of Death

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3. THE IMPOTENCE OF DEATH.

 

He, from whom death his life hath taken away
Hath suffered naught, for it was ne'er his own:
Who keeps his spirit's strength concealed, unknown,
His whole life long in death's dominion lay.

But before death I like a spring shall stay,
Whence unto rivers potency hath flown;
Dread obstacles that in its course are sown,
Hold it not back,—o'er lands and towns its sway

It casts around with undiminished might:
And when the hour of my last breath is near,
To gaze upon my end I shall not fear.

I shall dissolve, and many a stainless tear
Shall be aquiver in that deathless light
With whose array my spirit is bedight.

 
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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.