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The Clever Devil

Умный дьявол

My faithful devil, my old crony,
Once sang to me this song alone:
“All night sailed sailor on the briny,
At dawn to seabed he was thrown.

With all around him sea walls looming,
And crashing, foaming from above,
Before him flew, and whiter blooming,
An apparition of his love.

He heard her sailing on the level:
‘Believe my undeceiving tone…’
Remember,” quoth the clever devil –
“At dawn to seabed he was thrown."

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