Demon

By Mikhail Lermontov, Mikhail Lermontov

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This book contains the Russian text of Lermontov's Demon, edited with an English language introduction and notes This book contains the Russian text of Lermontov's Demon, edited with an English language introduction and notes

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January 1st 1998 by Bristol Classical Press

(first published 1839)

Edition Language
English

Quotes From "Demon"

"Man's life, and all the troubles in it
Are but brief sorrow, transient care.
Some end that life and some begin it."
"What, without you is life eternal?
what are my boundless realms infernal?
Just empty words, a loud discord,
a vast cathedral - with no lord!"
"Love's swooning and love's agitation-
for the first time the Demon now
experienced them; in shock and shiver
he thinks of fleeing - but no quiver
stirs in his wing! from his dimmed brow
a heavy teardrop, a slow river...
what a marvel! till today, quite near
that cell, there stands in wondrous fashion
a stone scorched by a tear of passion,
burnt through by an inhuman tear!..."
"And this time
with ardent lips so lightly grazing
he kissed her trembling mouth, and then
answered her pleas, in language dazing
with sweet temptation; once again
those mighty eyes were fixed and gazing
deep into hers. He set her blazing.
He gleamed above her like a spark
or like a knife that finds its mark."
"My thoughts have long been stirred and racked
by just one name of passing sweetness:
my days in paradise have lacked
just your perfection for completeness"
"A stranger, mute, through mists that curled,
in beauty clad not of this world,
came to her, leaned above her pillow;
and in his glance was such a billow,
of love and grief, that you'd infer
all his compassion was for her."

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