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Тучки небесные, вечные странники!

Language: Russian (Русский)

Тучки небесные, вечные странники! 
Степью лазурною, цепью жемчужною
Мчитесь вы, будто как я же, изгнанники
С милого севера в сторону южную. 

Кто же вас гонит: судьбы ли решение? 
Зависть ли тайная? злоба ль открытая? 
Или на вас тяготит преступление? 
Или друзей клевета ядовитая? 

Нет, вам наскучили нивы бесплодные... 
Чужды вам страсти и чужды страдания;
Вечно холодные, вечно свободные,
Нет у вас родины, нет вам изгнания.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE GER

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Note: an earlier spelling of "небесные" is "небесныя", still preserved in some of the titles below.

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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)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (Dmitri Smirnov) , "The clouds", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi) , "To the clouds", appears in Russian Lyrics, first published 1916

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Les nuages

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

Nuages qui voguant sous le ciel solitaire
Sous les steppes d'azur passez silencieux
Ainsi que moi, qui suis un proscrit de la terre
Êtes-vous le proscrit des cieux?

Qui vous chassa du Nord? Vers le Sud qui vous mène?
Est-ce l'orgueil d'un Dieu? La colère d'un Roi?
Coupables, d'un forfait subissez-vous la peine
Êtes-vous martyrs comme moi?

Non! vous êtes partis un jour de la prairie
Ouvrant votre aîle blanche à l'élement subtil,
Et libres dans les cieux, n'ayant pas de patrie,
Ah! Vous n'avez pas d'exil!

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841), "Тучи", first published 1840 ENG ENG GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Boris Vladimirovich Asafiev, Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, Nikolai Nikolayevich Cherepnin, César Antonovich Cui, Aleksandr Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Nikolai Platonovich Ogaryov, Aleksandr Alekseyevich Olenin, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Aleksandr Yegorovich Varlamov. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2003-11-14.
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