Sergei Yesenin

O You Snowsleighs! Galloping Horses!

O you snowsleighs! Galloping horses! By a devil were you devised. As over the steppe you go coursing. The sleigh bell laughs till it cries. No barking of dogs, no moon showing, For miles around waste lands unfold. My wild crazy life, keep on going, I'm not irretrievably old. Sing, driver, to spite the night's darkness - If you wish, I shall sing with you too. I'll sing of a girl's roguish glances, I'll sing of my jubilant youth. I'd push back my cloth cap crazily, Get ready and drive out the sleigh, Then flop on the hay, lie there lazily - And race off not leaving a trace. Remember the way I would swagger. In the quiet night hours I played My sweet concertina and captured The heart of many a maid. All's over. My hair is now thinner, The horse dead, the yard is forlorn And voiceless is my concertina, Its powers of persuasion are gone. But, warm still, my heart doesn't languish, Expanses of snow cheer my eyes Because, mocking all that has vanished, The sleigh bell laughs till it cries.

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