Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky

Here you will find the Poem Lalla Ruk of poet Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky

Lalla Ruk

Dearest dream, my soul's enchantment 
 Lovely guest from heav'n above,
Most benevolent attender
 To the earthly realm below,
You gave me blissful satisfaction
 Momentary but complete:
Bringing with you happy tidings - 
 Like a herald from the skies.

I dreamed dreams of life eternal
 In that Promised Land of peace;
I dreamed dreams of fragrant regions,
 Of a tranquil, sweet Kashmir;
I could witness celebrations,
 Festivals of roses vernal
Honoring that lovely maiden
 From lands strange and far away.

And, with glistening enchantment
 Like an angel from above, - 
This untainted, youthful vision
 Came before my dreaming eyes;
Like a veil, a shining shroud
 Screened her lovely face from view,
Tenderly she did incline
 Her shy gazes toward the earth.

All her traits - her timid shyness
 Underneath her shining crown,
Childlike her animation, 
 And her face's noble beauty - 
Glowing with a depth of feeling,
 Sweet serenity and peace - 
All of these completely artless
 Indescribably sublime!

As I watched, the apparition
 (Captivating me in passing)
Never to return, flew by;
 I pursued - but it had gone!
T'was a vision merely fleeting,
 Transient illumination
Leaving nothing but a legend
 Of its passing through my life!

T'is not ours to harbor
 Beauty's spirit - Ah, so pure!
It comes nigh but for a moment
 From its heavenly abode;
Like a dream, it slips away, 
 Like an airy dream of morning:
But in sacred reminiscence
 It is married with the heart!

Only in the purest instants
 Of our life does it appear
Bringing with it revelations
 Beneficial to our hearts;
That our hearts may know of heaven
 In this earthly shadow realm,
It allows us momentary
 Glimpses through the earthly veil.

And through all that here is lovely,
 All that animates our lives,
To our souls it speaks a language
 Reassuring and distinct;
When it quits our earthly region
 It bestows a gift of love
Glowing in our evening heaven:
 "Tis a farewell star for all to see.