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Piping down the valleys wild

Language: English

Piping down the valleys wild,
  Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
  And he laughing said to me:

"Pipe a song about a lamb."
  So I piped with merry chear.
"Piper, pipe that song again."
  So I piped: he wept to hear.

"Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
  Sing thy songs of happy chear."
So I sang the same again,
  While he wept with joy to hear.

"Piper, sit thee down and write
  In a book, that all may read."
So he vanished from my sight;
  And I pluck'd a hollow reed.

And I made a rural pen,
  And I stain'd the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
  Every child may joy to hear.

Translation(s): RUS

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  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , title 1: "Вступление", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
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Language: Russian (Русский) after the English

Veselja lesnuju tish',
Ja na dudochke dudel.
Zasmejalsja vdrug malysh,
Chto na oblachke sidel.

“Pro jagnjonochka sygraj!”
Ja sygral, kak on prosil.
“Povtorjaj zhe, povtorjaj!”
Ja igral – on sljozy lil.

“A teper' mne pesnju spoj!”
Ja zapel, kak on prosil.
Radovalsja mal'chik moj
I vsjo bol'she sljozy lil.

“Zapishi-ka vsjo, chto pel,
Vremja popustu ne trat'!” –
Molvil on i uletel.
Ja raskryl svoju tetrad',

Vzjal pero iz kamysha
I chernila iz ruch'ja –
Pust' ljubogo malysha
Pesnja radujet moja.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "Introduction", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 1, first published 1789
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jean Mary Anderson, Florence Newell Barbour, Elaine Louise Bearer, Florentia Bernani, Phillip Thomas Bezanson, William Bolcom, Rutland Boughton, Grace Bell Branning, Havergal Brian, George Frederick Broadhead, Christopher Roland Brown, Vincent Henry Palmer Caillard, Sir, Mary Grant Carmichael, Stephen Chatman, Grace Clough-Leighter, Dulcie Cohen, Arnold Atkinson Cooke, Felix Corbett, Jean Coulthard, John Charlton Crawford, Norman Curtis, James D'Angelo, John Michael Diack, John Henry Diercks, Robert James Dvorak, Osian Gwynn Ellis, Leonard Enns, Jean Fordell, Donato D. Fornuto, Derek Foster, John Frandsen, Earl Robert George, William Wallace Gilchrist, Ole Carsten Green, Harold Walter Greenhill, Geoffrey Gwyther, Alfred Matthew Hale, Frank Haworth, Christian Victor Hely-Hutchinson, Gary Michael Higginson, Alfred Francis Hill, Arthur Hinton, Joseph Charles Holbrooke, Herbert Norman Howells, Chester Edward Ide, Gertrude E. Inness, Paul A. Irby, Michael Jacques, Bernard Johnson, Wilfred Josephs, Karl Richard Korte, Richard Bamford Lane, André Laporte, Timothy Lenk, Franco Leoni, Kerry Glenn Lewis, Mary Alice Lippincott, Joan Littlejohn, Bertram Luard-Selby, Ernest Viviani Lubin, Charles T. Maclary, Basil Stephen Maine, Robert Mann, Oskar Morawetz, Charles Francis Oxtoby, Donald Patriquin, Helen Patterson, Lloyd Alvin Pfautsch, Irena Regina Poldowski, William Pulford, John N. Raines, Thomas Rajna, Ellen Raskin, Geraldine Dorothy Rasmussen, Louisa Raymond, Gardner Read, Marlyce Rae Polk Reed, Richard Roderick-Jones, Alec Rowley, Arthur Shepherd, Elie Siegmeister, Alfred Jethro Silver, Walter Skolnik, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Russell Smith, Masters van Someren-Godfery, Arthur Somervell, Sir, Ronald Stevenson, Dorothy Wauchope Stewart, Anthony Strilko, Margaret Ada Sutherland, John Austin Sykes, Eric Harding Thiman, Christopher Joseph Thomas, David Evan Thomas, Danny Tuck, Percy Purvis Turnbull, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Felix Werder, Rudolph T. Werther, Eugenia Winslow West, Ian Dunn Whyte, Patrick Williams, Judith Lang Zaimont. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:34
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