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О, долго буду я, в молчаньи ночи тайной

Language: Russian (Русский)

О, долго буду я, в молчаньи ночи тайной,
Коварный лепет твой, улыбку, взор случайный,
Перстам послушную [волос]1 густую прядь,
Из мыслей изгонять, и снова призывать;
Дыша порывисто, один, никем не зримый,
Досады и стыда румянами палимый,
Искать хотя одной загадочной черты
В словах, которые произносила ты;
Шептать и поправлять былые выраженья
Речей моих с тобой, исполненных смущенья,
И в опьянении, наперекор уму,
Заветным именем будить ночную [мглу]2.

Translation(s): ENG FRE SPA

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S. Rachmaninov sets lines 1-4, 9-12

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1 Rachmaninov: "волос, волос твоих" ("volos, volos tvojikh")
2 Rachmaninov: "тьму" ("t'mu")

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  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans le silence de la nuit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "En el silencio de la noche misteriosa", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Oh, for a long while, in the silence of...

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Oh, for a long while, in the silence of the mysterious night, 
Your beguiling murmur, smile, fleeting glance, 
A luscious strand of your hair, obedient to my fingers, 
Will I banish from my thoughts - but then recall again; 
Breathing impulsively, alone, unseen by anyone, 
Blushing and burning with vexation and shame, 
I will search for secret messages
In the words you uttered;
Whisper and reconsider the phrases 
Of my embarrassed conversations with you, 
And, as if intoxicated, against all reason, 
With your cherished name awaken the nightly [haze]1.

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Translation of title "В молчаньи ночи тайной" = "In the silence of the mysterious night"

1 Rachmaninov: "darkness"


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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Afanasy Afanas'yevich Fet (1820 - 1892), no title, first published 1844 FRE SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, Sergei Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-08-02.
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