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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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Pourquoi, dis‑moi, belle jeune fille

Language: French (Français) after the Russian (Русский)

Pourquoi, dis-moi, belle jeune fille,
Es-tu assise maintenant si tristement,
Et en silence au bord de la petite route
Soupires-tu en regardant au loin ?
Est-ce que ton chéri n'est pas près de toi,
Ou bien sa passion s'est refroidie,
Ou bien il s'est lassé de toi,
Ou bien il t'a oublié, l'ami de ton cœur ?

Non, mon cher ami ne m'a pas quitté
Et ce n'est pas ce qui fait mal à mon cœur,
Vers une région éloignée,
Pour une longue route je l'équipe,
Vers une région éloignée,
Pour une longue route je l'équipe.

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Text added to the website: 2015-10-28.
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