Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev Light Poems
The Gates Of Paradise
The eternal entrance into Eden
Is not locked with seven precious seals;
It has no charms nor light of heaven,
And the people don't know that it is. ...
In that magic forest, towering trees
Unexpectedly come forward from the haze.
Out of the earth, roots spring from other roots, ...
The Right Way
Birth of the word is by agony molded,
Through earthly life it is quietly going,
It is a stranger, which drinks from the golden
Pitcher the drops of the savagesâ?? mourning. ...
There are the modern prophets here,
Though altars totally are felt,
Their eyes are very deep and clear â??
In them, the flame of future set. ...
Only serpents let their skin be fallen
And a soul - all grown up and old.
We, alas, change an eternal soul,
Leaving body in eternal hold. ...
The Lost Tram
I walked an unfamiliar street
And suddenly heard a raven's cry,
And the sound of a lute, and distant thunder,-
In front of me a tram was flying. ...
I know her, her bitter silence,
Her tiredness of her words and cries,
Lives in the secret changing brightness
Of widened pupils of her eyes. ...
by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
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