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To read only children's books More tender than tender… ~ Нежнее нежного
written by Osip Mandelstam
On the pale-blue enamel
First printed in the second edition of "Stone", 1916. From Stone (No. 5). See also Poems. Translated from Russian by Dmitri Smirnov. Link to further information




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More tender than tender
Is your face,
Whiter than white
Is your hand,
From the whole world
You are distant,
And everything in you
Is from the inevitable.

From the inevitable
Is your sorrow,
And the fingers of your hand
Which stay warm,
And the quiet sound
Of your cheerful
Speeches,
And the distant look
Of your eyes.


1909


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