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Отчего, скажи, душа‑девица

Language: Russian (Русский)

Отчего, скажи, душа-девица,
ты сидишь теперь пригорюнилась
и безмолвная на дороженьку
ты, вздохнув, глядишь не насмотришься?
Иль с тобой при тебе нету милого,
иль остыла в нем кровь горячая,
или ты ему уж наскучила,
иль забыл тебя твой сердечный друг?

Нет, мой милый друг не забыл меня
и не то щемит сердце бедное,
а я милова в дальну сторону,
в путь-дороженьку снаряжаю я,
а я милова в дальну сторону,
в путь-дороженьку снаряжаю я.

Translation(s): ENG FRE GER

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , title 1: "Tell me, why, beautiful maiden", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Hans Schmidt) , title 1: "Sag warum"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Pourquoi, dis-moi, belle jeune fille", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Tell me, why, beautiful maiden

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Tell me, why, beautiful maiden, 
You sit so sorrowfully
And look, sighing, silently at the road
Peering away in the distance? 
Is he not near you, your dear one, 
Or has his fervent blood cooled down?
Has he grown bored of you,
Or forgotten you, your heart's friend? 

No, my dear friend has not forgotten me,
It is not that which makes my poor heart ache - 
But to far away lands, 
On a long journey I’m sending off my dear one, 
To far away lands, 
On a long journey I’m sending him.

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