Translation © by Anne Evans

Песня Офелии
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Разлучаясь с девой милой, друг,
Ты клялся мне любить!...
Уезжая в край постылый,
Клятву данную хранить!...

Там, за Данией счастливой,
Берега твои во мгле...
Вал сердитый, говорливый
Моет слёзы на скале...

Милый воин не вернётся,
Весь одетый в серебро...
В гробе тяжко всколыхнётся
Бант и чёрное перо...

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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)

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant d'Ophélie", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Il canto di Ofelia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Anne Evans) , title 1: "Ophelia's song", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:22
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Word count: 47

Ophelia's song
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
When you left me, my dear friend
you promised to love me
You left for a distant land,
and swore to keep your promise!

Beyond the happy land of Denmark,
the shores are in darkness...
The angry waves wash
over the rocks...

My warrior shall not return,
all dressed in silver...
The bow, and the black feather will
restlessly lie in their grave.


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2009 by Anne Evans, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Text added to the website: 2009-02-07 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:06
Line count: 12
Word count: 63