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Two Poets

   In the photo of 1895, Z. N. Gippius made three inscriptions:

On right:
The date is 29 - 3 - 95 g. 3 hours in the afternoon.
Obviously, Gippius loved accuracy, since even the hour of writing the inscription is indicated.

At the bottom:
.... I'm close to God - but I can not pray,
I want love - and I can not love.

These are lines from a poem written by a poetess a year earlier.


I look at the sea with greedy eyes,
To the ground, chained, on the shore ...
Standing over the abyss - over the heavens, -
And I can not fly to the azure.

I do not know, rebel or surrender,
There is no courage to die, nor to live ...
I am close to God - but I can not pray,
I want love - and I can not love.

To the sun, to the sun of my hand I stretch
And I see the curtain of pale clouds ...
It seems to me that I know the truth -
And only for her I do not know the words.

Fedor Teternikov - from Z.NMG.

Fedor Kuzmich Teternikov is better known under the pseudonym Sologub (1863 - 1927) - is a Russian poet, writer, playwright, publicist. One of the most prominent representatives of symbolism.


By this time belong his poems:

Dreamer, strange to the world,
Always for everyone is a stranger,
Marc Chagall paintings

The reigning idol
He does not serve as a praise.

Someone smoky incense
He burns, sullen and strict,
But the world is not solved
His stern god.

He secretly veiled
Passion their game, -
Sometimes at the grave oars
And gloomy at the feast.

Glow on the top,
Gardens of flowering series
In the glorified valley
He is not amused.

He sees the glade,
Deprived of beauty,
And there he dreams
A silent clock.
July 19, 1894

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