When You Were Reading Those Tormented Lines
When you were reading those tormented lines
In which the heart’s resonant flame sends out glowing streams
And passion’s fatal torrents rear up,-
Didn’t you recall a single thing?
I can’t believe it! That night on the steppe
When, in the midnight mist a premature dawn,
Transparent, lovely as a miracle,
Broke in the distance before you
And your unwilling eye was to this beauty drawn
To that majestic glow beyond the realm of darkness,-
How could it be that nothing whispered to you then:
A man has perished in that fire!
Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet
Афана́сий Афана́сьевич Фет