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Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

(5 September 1817 - 10 October 1875 / Saint Petersburg)

I Bless You, Forests


I bless you, forests, valleys, fields, mountains, waters,
I bless freedom and blue skies.

I bless my staff and my humble rags.
And the steppe from beginning to end,
And the sun's light, and night's darkness,

And the path I walk, pauper that I am,
And, in the field every blade of grass,
and every star in the sky!

O! if only I could encompass all life,
And join my soul with yours.
O! if only I could embrace you all,
Enemies, friends and brothers, and all nature,
And enfold all nature in my arms!

Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

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  • Freshman - 1,549 Points Hans Vr (7/12/2013 2:32:00 AM)

    excellent poem by this brilliant Russian an, living morethan a century ago (Report) Reply

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