"Monsieur," at last said my quiet companion, as stirless
in her happiness as a mouse in its terror.
Zukovskij's paradoxical lines, "To bylo t'ma bez temnoty"--reminiscent of Milton's "darkness visible" in Paradise Lost--and "To byli obrazy bez lic," strengthen Byron's passage, and his "Kak okean bez beregov" is an improvement over "a sea of stagnant idleness." It was not night--it was not day, It was not even the dungeon-light, So hateful to my heavy sight, But vacancy absorbing space, And fixedness--without a place; There were no stars--no earth-- no time-- No check--no change--no good-- no crime-- But silence, and a stirless
breath Which neither was of life nor death; A sea of stagnant idleness, Blind, boundless, mute, and motionless!