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Не пенится море, не плещет волна

Language: Russian (Русский)

Не пенится море, не плещет волна,
деревья листами не двинут;
на глади прозрачной царит тишина,
как в зеркале, мир опрокинут.

Сижу я на камне; висят облака,
недвижные в синем просторе;
душа безмятежна, душа глубока,
сродни ей спокойное море.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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The sea doesn't spume, the wave doesn't...

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

The sea doesn't spume, the wave doesn't splash, 
The leaves don't move on the trees, 
Upon the translucent surface reigns silence, 
The world is turned upside down as if in a mirror. 

I sit on a stone, the clouds
Hang motionless in the blue vastness;
My soul is serene and profound
Akin to the tranquil sea.

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Count (1817 - 1875) FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, César Antonovich Cui, Vasily Pavlovich Kalafati, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-14.
Last modified: 2017-01-14 20:41:40
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Word count: 56