(from Home of the Gentry, Turgenev, translated by R. Freeborn, Chapter XLI, my version)
Mikhalevich says “What you wanted
Was to know happiness for the second time.
You forget it’s a luxury, an undeserved favor
When it comes to a life even once.
You counteract “it was not full happiness.”
Then tell me what right you have to full happiness.
Look about you and see who is happy.
Look there’s a worker mowing the yards.
Perhaps he’s happy with what the fates have given him.
Do you want to change places with him and take up his burdens?
[This is from a previous Musea Christmas issue – ed. Tom]