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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 (poetic, rhyming)
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Четыре стадии в жизни мужчины

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Он с телом вёл борьбу сперва, как можно дольше,
Но тело взяло верх и он не гнётся больше.
Он с сердцем воевал отчаянно и смело:
Невинность и покой ушли, закончив дело.
Затем он вызвал ум на бой, с ним не поладив
И сердце гордое своё оставил сзади.
Теперь он бьётся с Богом, узрев его воочию:
Бог победит, конечно, уже сегодня ночью.
thanked 6 times
This is a poetic translation - deviations from the meaning of the original are present (extra words, extra or omitted information, substituted concepts).

Евгений Виноградов

Submitted by vevvevvevvev on 2022-09-25
IgeethecatIgeethecat    Sun, 25/09/2022 - 07:11

Is just me who sees 4 ages as monkey -- Neanderthal -- Шекспир -- Эйнштейн?

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