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Илья Сельвинский - Белый песец

Мы начинаем с тобой стареть,
Спутница дорогая моя...
В зеркало вглядываешься острей,
Боль от самой себя затая:

"A White Fox", by Ilya Selvinsky

My dear companion,
Both you and I are starting to grow old...
You look more sharply at the mirror,
Concealing your pain even from yourself:

Ты еще ходишь-плывешь по земле
В облаке женственного тепла.
Но уж в улыбке, что света милей,
Лишняя черточка залегла.

You still walk-float on the ground
In a cloud of feminine warmth.
But already, in your smile which is dearer than the world to me,
There is an extra wrinkle.

Но ведь и эти морщинки твои
Очень тебе, дорогая, к лицу.
Нет, не расплющить нашей любви
Даже и времени колесу!

But even those wrinkles of yours
Suit you, dear, very well.
No, our love cannot be crushed,
Not even by the wheel of time!

Меж задушевных имен и лиц
Ты как червонец в куче пезет,
Как среди меха цветных лисиц
Свежий, как снег, белый песец.

Among the soulful names and faces
You are like a gold coin in a pile of brass ones,
Just as a fresh, like snow, white fox
Among the fur of colored foxes.

Если захочешь меня проклясть,
Буду униженней всех людей,
Если ослепнет влюбленный глаз,
Воспоминаньями буду глядеть.

If you decide to damn me,
I will be more humiliated than any person alive,
If my loving eye goes blind,
I will look at you with my memories.

Сколько отмучено мук с тобой,
Сколько иссмеяно смеха вдвоем!
Как мы, невзысканные судьбой,
К радужным далям друг друга зовем.

How many troubles have we gone through together,
How much laughter have we laughed through together!
How we, not especially favored by the fates,
Call each other towards the rainbow-hued faraway future.

Радуйся ж каждому новому дню!
Пусть оплетает лукавая сеть -
В берлоге души тебя сохраню,
Мой драгоценный, мой Белый Песец!

Rejoice, then, in every new day that comes!
Let the insidious net weave itself around you--
I shall preserve you in the lair of my soul,
My precious, my White Fox!

1932, Владивосток

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