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  • The Heritage of Russian Verse. Introduced and edited by Dimitri Obolensky

Agamemnon`s Warrior

Воин Агамемнона

A strange and fearful question oppresses my troubled soul: can one live when the son of Atreus has died — has died on a bed of roses?

All that we dreamed of always and everywhere, our longing and fear — all was reflected in those calm eyes, as in pure water.

Ineffable power dwelt in his muscles, a saga — in the curve of his knees; beautiful he was as a cloud — the lord of Mycenae rich in gold.

What am I? A fragment of ancient wrongs, a javelin, fallen in the grass, — the son of Atreus, the leader of nations, is dead — and I, a man of no account, am alive.

The clear waters of deep lakes beckon me, the dawn looks on reproachfully: hard, hard to bear is the shame of living when one has lost one's king!

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