In the heaven
Bright as gold the days flared up,
And the Great Bear fled from the sky…
Oh my Lord, please, catch it up!
Curb and bind to the saddle awhile!
Afterwards in your tower gold,
Show her to your Canis Major,
He will clutch her with his stranglehold,
He is brave, cunning and so strong.
He is spiteful to bears from times,
Immemorial in previous epochs.
And she’ll go away finally,
For the sake of the peace, and the flocks
Of the Capricorn, Aries and Taurus
Would be grazing on meadows plots…
Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov
Никола́й Степа́нович Гумилёв
Translation by Lyudmila Purgina