Vladimir Vysotsky. The Interrupted Flifht.

Commentary to the poem “The Appeal”.

Here comes to mind Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Prayer of Miriam Cohen”, which also says about the weakness of Man (this text is a version):

From the wheel and the drift of Things

Deliver us, good Lord;

And we will meet the wrath of kings,

The faggot and the sword.

Lay not Thy toil before our eyes,

Nor vex us with Thy wars,

Lest we should feel the straining skies

O’ertrod by trampling stars.

A veil ’twixt us and Thee, kind Lord,

A veil ’twixt us and Thee:

Lest we should hear too clear, too clear,

And unto madness see!

And it is pertinent to give here Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Non nobis, Domine!”:

Non nobis, Domine! —

Not unto us, O Lord!

The Praise or Glory be

Of any deed or word;

For in Thy Judgment lies

To crown or bring to nought

All knowledge or device

That Man has reached or wrought.

And we confess our blame —

How all too high we hold

That noise which men call Fame,

That dross which men call Gold.

For these we undergo

Our hot and godless days,

But in our hearts we know

Not unto us the Praise.

O Power by Whom we live —

Creator, Judge, and Friend,

Upholdingly forgive

Nor fail us at the end:

But grant us well to see

In all our piteous ways —

Non nobis, Domine! —

Not unto us the Praise!

The presented text is adapted from Alec Vagapov’s translation.

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