Fyodor Sologub: Defeat your joy

Portrait of F. Sologub - Konstantin Somov, 1910

Defeat your joy,
Deaden laughter.
What's all sweetness
Is vice and sin.
Deaden your joy,
Defeat laughter.

Who laughs most? Gods,
Children and damn fools.
People, you must be strict,
Be prescient and wise.
Let the Gods laugh,
Children and damn fools.

27 January 1897; not later than 1903


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