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Давно‑ль, мой друг

Language: Russian (Русский)

Давно-ль, мой друг, твой взор печальный
Я в расставанья смутный миг ловил.
Чтоб луч его прощальный
Надолго в душу мне проник.

Давно-ль, блуждая одиноко,
В толпе теснящей и чужой
К тебе желанной и далекой 
Я мчался грустною мечтой.

Желанья гасли... Сердце ныло...
Стояло время... Ум молчал...
Давно-ль затишье это было?
Но вихрь свиданья набежал...

Мы вместе вновь, и дни несутся,
Как в море волн летучих строй,
И мысль кипит, и песни льются
Из сердца, полного тобой!

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Cela fait longtemps, mon amie", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , title 1: "How long, my friend", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-04-29 12:55:09
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Word count: 76

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How long, my friend

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Has it been so long, my friend, since I caught
your sad gaze at our farewell moment?
The ray of that farewell
penetrated my soul.
Has it been so long, my friend, since, blundering alone
in a constricting and strange crowd,
I rushed to you, distant beloved,
In a sad dream?
My desires faded… my heart ached…
Time stopped… my mind was numb…
Has it been so long ago, this calm?
But a whirlwind of reunion came rushing…
We are together anew, and the days rush along
As in a flying sea of waves,
And thoughts boil
And songs pour forth from my heart
Brimming over with thoughts of you!

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