Eugene Onegin – Pushkin

“I never thought to amuse a disdainful world;
but friendly interest I do prize;
and you, my friend, I’d like to have presented
with a token worthier of you,
yes, worthier of your noble spirit,
so full of sublime imagination,
of lively, limpid poetry,
of lofty ideas and of simplicity.
But there it is. Be kind:
accept this batch of patchy chapters,
half-funny and half-sad,
idealistic, down-to-earth –
the slapdash product of my leisure hours,
my sleepless nights, my momentary inspirations,
of a life blighted ere its prime,
of a mind’s chilling observations,
and of a heart’s experience of pain.”

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