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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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  • 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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The clouds

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Clouds in the sky, you are ceaselessly wandering!
As pearly chains in the azure steppes glimmering
Exiled as I have been, constantly hurrying
From native North into South you are quickening.

What drives you there: the command of your destiny?
Some secret jealousy? Or open wickedness?
Or crimes hang heavy on you or some mutiny?
Or your friends' calumny is cruel and poisonous?

No, you were bored to death with these fields' fruitlessness
With all these passions and alien misery,
Ice cold eternally, in steady idleness
You have no homeland and suffer no outlawry.


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  • Singable translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2009 by Dmitri Smirnov, (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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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841), "Тучи", first published 1840 FRE 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.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-11-04.
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