From the semi-dark hall, suddenly

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From the semi-dark hall…  (1908) 
by Osip Mandelstam, translated by Dmitri Smirnov

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From the semi-dark hall, suddenly,
You slipped out in a weightless shawl —
We disturbed no one,
We did not wake the sleeping servants…



  1. First printed in the 2nd edition of "Stone" (1916).

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