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Topic: Silentium!

From: Kirill
Location: Russia
Date: 03/04/2013

Fyodor Tyutchev

Silentium!

Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
the way you dream, the things you feel.
Deep in your spirit let them rise
akin to stars in crystal skies
that set before the night is blurred:
delight in them and speak no word.
How can a heart expression find?
How should another know your mind?
Will he discern what quickens you?
A thought, once uttered, is untrue.
Dimmed is the fountainhead when stirred:
drink at the source and speak no word.
Live in your inner self alone
within your soul a world has grown,
the magic of veiled thoughts that might
be blinded by the outer light,
drowned in the noise of day, unheard...
take in their song and speak no word.
(trans. by Vladimir Nabokov)

Re: Silentium!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2013

Lovely to read this one, Kirill! Nabokov's translation captures the entire feel of stellar vastness, no?

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