Translation © by Aliana M. de la Guardia

Молитва
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
[О мой творец!]1 О, Боже мой!
Взгляни на грешную меня;
Я мучусь, я больна душой,
Изрыта скорбью грудь моя.
О, мой Творец, велик мой грех,
Я на земле преступней всех.

Кипела в нём младая кровь, 
Была чиста его любовь, 
Но он её в груди своей
Таил так свято от людей.
Я знала всё...  О Боже мой!
Прости мне, грешной и больной.

Его я муки поняла;
Улыбкой, взором лишь одним
Я б исцелить его могла,
Но я не сжалилась над ним.
[ О мой творец, велик мой грех,
Я на земле преступней всех.]1

Томился долго, долго он,
Печалью тяжкой удручён;
И умер, бедный, наконец,
О Боже мой, о мой Творец!
[Ты тронься грешинцы мольбой,]2
Взгляни, как я больна душой.

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1 omitted by Rachmaninov.
2 Rachmaninov: "Tron'sja greshnoju mol'boj..."

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  • ENG English (Aliana M. de la Guardia) , title 1: "Prayer", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Prayer
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
 Oh, my God!
 Look at sinful me;
 I suffer, I am ill in my soul,
 sorrow tortures my breast.
 Oh, my Creator, great is my sin,
 I am the worst criminal on earth.

 Young blood boiled in him,
 pure was his love,
 but he kept it in himself
 so holy, from people.
 I knew it all... Oh, my God!
 Forgive me, sinful and ill.

 I understood his sufferings;
 With only the sign of a smile
 I could have cured him,
 But I didn't pity him.

 He suffered long, long,
 With sadness and heavily depressed
 And died, miserable at last,
 Oh, my God, Oh, my Creator!
 Be touched by my sinful prayer...
 Look how I am ill in my soul.

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