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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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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

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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La mer n'écume pas, la vague...

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

La mer n'écume pas, la vague n'éclabousse pas,
Les feuilles des arbres ne bougent pas ;
Sur la surface transparente règne le silence,
Comme dans un miroir, le monde est inversé.

Je suis assis sur une pierre ; les nuages sont suspendus,
Sans mouvement, dans l'espace bleu ;
Mon âme est sereine, mon âme est profonde,
Semblable à la mer calme.

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Translations of title(s):
"Не пенится море" = "La mer n'écume pas"
"Не пенится море, не плещет волна" = "La mer n'écume pas, la vague n'éclabousse pas"


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  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Count (1817 - 1875) ENG
      • 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: 2017-01-20.
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