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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/To the Poet

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3. TO THE POET.

 

Thou haughty must be as a banner;
Thou tempered must be as a blade;
Thy face must in heaven-like manner
As Dante's, with flame be arrayed.

Of all thou shalt witness be, coldly,
While fathoming all with thy gaze.
And this shall thy virtue be: boldly
To tread where the pyre is ablaze.

Perchance that all life was created
For shaping of resonant airs;
Then seek thou how words may be mated,
From childhood that knows not of cares.

In moments of love-warm caresses
All passion within thee constrain;
And 'mid the rack's ruthless distresses
Belaud thou the raptures of pain.

Track, dreaming what Fate thee presages
At morn or in evening's deep hour;
And mark, how the poets through ages
Took garlands of thorns as their dower.

 

 
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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.