Alexander Pushkin

What means my name to you?

What means my name to you?.. 'Twil die As does the melancholy rumour Of distant waves, or, of a summer, The forest's hushed nocturnal sigh. Found on a fading album page, Dim will it seem and enigmatic, Like words traced on a tomb, a relic Of some long dead and vanished age. What's in my name?.. Long since forgot, Erased by new, tempestuous passion, Of tenderness 'twill leave you not The lingering and sweet impression. But in an hour of agony, Pray, speak it, and recall my image, And say, «He still remembers me, His heart alone still pays me homage.» Translated by Irina Zheleznova What means for you my simple name What means for you my simple name? It soon will die as voice of grief -- A wave splash at a distant reef, a stir in wilderness untamed. In pray-for-dead despondent rolls it will leave just the lethal trace that likes the epitaph in lace, which nobody discerns at all. What does it hold? Forgotten whole in new and rebel agitation, it will not give to your young soul the clear and gentle commemorations. But in the sad and silent day you will repeat this name with fervor; There is in whole world, you say, the heart in which I live forever...

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