The Pine Tree

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The Pine Tree  (1832) 
by Mikhail Lermontov, translated by Dmitri Smirnov

The poem was written in 1841. Published 1841. It is a free translation of Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam by Heinrich Heine.

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In the wild north a pine tree stands alone
      On the bare top of a mountain.
It slumbers and sways, covered with
      Powdery snow like a mantle.

5 And it dreams constantly: that in faraway wilds
      In the land where the sun rises,
A cheerless and lovely palm stands alone,
      Growing on a gloomy cliff.

Transl. 19 Sept. 2007.

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