Quote of the day: Life

image Gavrila Derzhavin small The following lines were found at Derzhavin’s table after his death:

The current of Time’s river
Will carry off all human deeds
And sink into oblivion
All peoples, kingdoms and their kings.
And if there’s something that remains
Through sounds of horn and lyre,
It too will disappear into the maw of time
And not avoid the common pyre…(lines broken)

Gavriil (Gavrila) Romanovich Derzhavin, 1743 – 1816, Russian poet

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