Poet: Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Dates: 15 October 1814 – 27 July 1841
Title of Poem: The Leaf
A little oak leaf tore off from its branch
Was driven o’er the steppe by a cruel gale;
Dried up and withered from the cold, the heat and sorrow
It finally alit by the Black Sea shore.
A young plane tree stands by the Black Sea shore;
A whispering wind strokes her green boughs;
On her green boughs sway heavenly birds
Singing the praises and fame of the queen of the sea.
The traveler lit at the soaring tree’s roots;
Anguished he pled for a moment’s shelter,
And these were his words: “I am but a poor oak leaf,
Matured before my time in a grim homeland.
For ages I’ve wandered without a goal, all alone
Without shade I withered, without repose, faded.
Would you welcome this stranger…
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