“I languish still in ardent yearning” (“Еще томлюсь тоской желаний”), Fyodor Tyutchev


A poem from 1848.

I languish still in ardent yearning,
And hunger for your spirit still –
In memories, still, as day is turning,
Caught image causes me to thrill…
Sweet image that I cannot banish
Remains before me everywhere,
Elusive, it will never vanish,
Like stars aloft in ink-black air…


Еще томлюсь тоской желаний,
Еще стремлюсь к тебе душой –
И в сумраке воспоминаний
Еще ловлю я образ твой…
Твой милый образ, незабвенный,
Он предо мной везде, всегда,
Недостижимый, неизменный,
Как ночью на небе звезда…

Translation by Rupert Moreton


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