When again the earth shall return to chaos,
and all that men have wrought
be hidden beneath the waters –
the waters will again reflect the face of God.
by Фёдор Иванович Тютчев (Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev)
translated by John Cournos
Fun Fact: Counted amongst the admirers of Tyutchev‘s works were Dostoevsky and Tolstoy along with Nekrasov and Fet then later Osip Mandelstam who, in a passage approved by Shalamov, believed that a Russian poet should not have copy of Tyutchev in his personal library – he should know all of Tyutchev off by heart.