Translation © by David Angell

О, как безумно за окном
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
О, как безумно за окном
Ревёт, бушует буря злая,
Несутся тучи, льют дождём,
И ветер воет, замирая!

Ужасна ночь! В такую ночь
Мне жаль людей, лишённых крова,
Сожаленье гонит прочь -
В объятья холода сырого!

Бороться с мраком и дождём,
Страдалцев участь разделяя...
О, как безумно за окном
Бушует ветер, изнывая!

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (David Angell) , title 1: "The tempest", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Tempête", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Anne Evans) , title 1: "The tempest", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The tempest
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Beyond my window, fierce and wild,
The savage tempest roars and rages,
With scudding stormclouds, streaming rain
And howling wind that fades to silence!

An awful night!  On such a night
I pity those bereft of shelter:
A deep compassion drives me forth
To share the winter's damp embraces!...

To strive against the gloom and rain,
At one with outcasts, doomed to suffer...
Beyond my window, fierce and wild,
The raging wind sinks in exhaustion!


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