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Цветок засохший, безуханный

Language: Russian (Русский)

Цветок засохший, безуханный,
Забытый в книге вижу я,
И вот уже мечтою странной
Душа наполнилась моя.

Где цвел, когда, какой весною?
И долго ль цвел, и сорван кем?
Чужой, знакомой ли рукою?
И положен сюда зачем?

На память нежного ль свиданья
Или разлуки роковой,
Иль одинокого гулянья
В тиши полей, в тени лесной?

И жив ли тот, и та жива ли?
[И где их нынче]1 уголок?
Или [уже они]2 увяли,
Как сей неведомый цветок?


Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE GER GER

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1 Medtner: "И нынче где их" ("I nynche gde ikh")
2 Medtner: "они уже" ("oni uzhe")

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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A flower, dried up and withered

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

A flower, dried up and withered,
I find, forgotten within a book,
And suddenly with curious thoughts
My mind begins to fill.

Where did it blossom? When? In which spring?
Did it flower for a long time, and who plucked it?
A strange or a familiar hand?
And why was it put here?

Was it a souvenir of a tender meeting,
Or of a cruel parting,
Or of solitary wandering
In the quiet fields, or the shadow of the forest?

And lives yet "he", or "she"? 
And where is their abode now?
Or have they withered already
Like this mysterious flower?


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Translation of titles:
"Цветок" = "The flower"
"Цветок засохший" = "The withered flower"

Note: Medtner's changes do not affect the translation.

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  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 - 1837), first published 1832 FRE GER FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Aliabev, Sigizmund Mikhailovich Blumenfel'd, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Pauline Viardot-García. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2017-09-13.
Last modified: 2017-09-19 13:38:30
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