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Вчерашняя ночь была так светла

Language: Russian (Русский)

Вчерашняя ночь была так светла.
Вчерашняя ночь всё звёзды зажгла так ясно,
Что, глядя на холмы и дремлющий лес,
На воды, блестящие блеском небес,
Я думал: о, жить в этом мире чудес прекрасно!

Прекрасны и волны и даль степей,
Прекрасна в одежде зелёных ветвей дубрава;
Прекрасна любовь с вечно свежим венком,
И дружбы звезда с неизменным лучом,
И песен восторг с озаренным челом, и слава!

Взглянул я на небо, там твердь ясна;
Высоко, высоко восходит она над бездной;
Там звезды живые катятся в огне...
И детское чувство проснулось во мне;
И думал я: лучше нам в той [тишине]1 надзвёздной!


Translation(s): ENG FRE GER

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1 Balakirev: "вышине" ("vyshine")

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG FRE by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last night was so bright

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Last night was so bright.
Last night all the stars shined so brightly,
That looking at [the] hills and dreaming forest,
At [the] water, reflecting the light of the [night] sky,
I thought: oh, to live in this world is so beautiful!

Beautiful too [are the] wide and rolling steppes,
Beautiful, in [a] robe of green, [is the] oak grove;
Beautiful [is] love with [its] evergreen garland,
And [the] star of friendship with [its] unfading luster,
And [the] delight of singing, and glory!

I gazed at the sky, there [in the] bright firmament;
High, high it ascended over [the] abyss;
There lively stars danced in fire…
And [a] childlike wish awoke in me;
And I thought: better for us [all to be] in that silence among the stars!


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Text added to the website: 2016-06-05.
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