Thursday, 29 November 2018

The Cosmic Fabric - Yakov Polonsky

This vast web, of Nature’s weaving,
Is God’s garment, so ’tis said.
In that fabric I—a living,
I—a still unbroken thread.
And the threads run swiftly, never
Halting, yet if once they sever,
Seer or sage shall not suffice
Then the parted strands to splice.
For the Weaver so will veil them
That (let him who may bewail them)
None the ends shall ever find,
Nor one broken thread rebind.
Ceaselessly the threads are breaking,—
Short, ah short will be my span!
Meanwhile, at His fabric’s making
Toils the cosmic Artisan,—
Curious patterns still designing,
Wave and crested hill defining,
Steppe and pasture, cloud and sky,
Wood and field of golden rye.
Though with care the wise may scan it,
Flawless since that Hand began it,
Smooth and fine with fair accord—
Shines the garment of the Lord!

Yakov Polonsky (1819–1898)
Translated by Avrahm Yarmolinsky and Cecil Cowdrey
Source: Modern Russian Poetry, chosen and translated by Babette Deutsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky. Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921.

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