Modern Russian Poetry/"Night Was Done"

"NIGHT WAS DONE"

 
Night was done. We rose and after
Washing, dressing,—kissed with laughter,—
After all the sweet night knows.
Lilac breakfast cups were clinking
While we sat like brothers drinking
Tea,—and kept our dominoes.

And our dominoes smiled greeting,
And our eyes avoided meeting
With our dumb lips' secrecy.
"Faust" we sang, we played, denying
Night's strange memories, strangely dying,
As though night's twain were not we.

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Translation:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1928.


This work may 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.