“From nothing God created Earth” (“Бог создал мир из ничего”), Konstantin Balmont

Konstantin Balmont by Valentin Serov, 1905

From nothing God created Earth.
O artist, learn his lesson’s worth,
And if your talent’s but a kernel
Great miracles with it contrive,
Grow mighty forests that will thrive
And you, soar high to heaven eternal
As if a fabled bird alive,
Where freedom’s light there strikes supernal
And where the never-ending clouds
Wrap azure sky with breaker’s shrouds.


Бог создал мир из ничего.
Учись, художник, у него,-
И если твой талант крупица,
Соделай с нею чудеса,
Взрасти безмерные леса
И сам, как сказочная птица,
Умчись высоко в небеса,
Где светит вольная зарница,
Где вечный облачный прибой
Бежит по бездне голубой.

Translation by Rupert Moreton

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