Russian Poetry XXVI - Yevgeny Baratynsky - Ideas

Yevgeny Baratynsky (1800–1844 AD)

Ideas and nothing but ideas! Poor artist of words, thou art their priest and thou canst have no oblivion. Man and the world, death and life, Truth without veils--these are always with you. The chisel, the organ, the brush! Happy is he who is attracted by them, the sensuous, and passes not their limits. He can get drunk at the feast of life. But before thee, Thought, trenchant as a naked sword, earthly life grows pale.

Translation by Vladimir Nabokov from
Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry