He had prayed…
He had prayed in Holy Temple
In the sight of Saint Madonna,
That he should be strictly faithful
To shy Lady inexorable.
Secret oath was forgotten
Fastly then in seek to sweets.
He was killed by cruel robber,
To the Heavens got to cease.
‘Haven’t you sworn in Holy Temple, ‘-
Then was asked by Saint Madonna.
‘That you should be strictly faithful
To shy Lady inexorable? ‘.
‘Go away, your crop is useless
Anyway to Lord of Heavens.
You – who left the word of Oath,
Should be sentenced to the penance’.
But so grief and stubborn quite
Yet, he bowed to Madonna:
‘I have never met a Lady,
Who is shy and inexorable.’
Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov
Никола́й Степа́нович Гумилёв
Translation by Lyudmila Purgina