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The Four Ages of Man (Russian translation)


The Four Ages of Man

He with body waged a fight,
But body won; it walks upright.
Then he struggled with the heart;
Innocence and peace depart.
Then he struggled with the mind;
His proud heart he left behind.
Now his wars on God begin;
At stroke of midnight God shall win.
  • midnight God:

    A night deity is a goddess or god in mythology associated with night, the night sky, or darkness. It can also mean the god addressed in the midnight prayers of people.


Submitted by Dr_IgorDr_Igor on 2022-09-25
Last edited by Moshe KayeMoshe Kaye on 2022-10-03
Russian translationRussian (metered, poetic, rhyming)
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Четыре его жизненных периода

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Он с телом бился – проиграл:
Не гнулся, прямо он шагал.
Боролся с сердцем, как герой, –
Ушли невинность и покой.
Он с разумом стал воевать –
И гордость повернула вспять.
На Бога кинется вот-вот,
Но в полночь тот его прибьет.
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This is a poetic translation - deviations from the meaning of the original are present (extra words, extra or omitted information, substituted concepts).
Submitted by SpeLiAmSpeLiAm on 2022-09-26
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