Last Toast (Последний тост), Anna Akhmatova

Portrait of Anna Akhmatova, Olga Kardovskaya, 1914

To ruined house I drink a toast,
My life of anger too,
To sharing with you lonely post,
And, yes, I drink to you,

To lying lips that me betrayed,
To deathly, frigid eyes,
To world that cruel and rude is made,
And God unmoved by cries.

27th June, Sheremetevsky House


Я пью за разоренный дом,
За злую жизнь мою,
За одиночество вдвоем,
И за тебя я пью,—

За ложь меня предавших губ,
За мертвый холод глаз,
За то, что мир жесток и груб,
За то, что Бог не спас.

27 июня 1934, Шереметьевский Дом

Translation by Rupert Moreton

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