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Давно ль под волшебные звуки

Language: Russian (Русский)

Давно ль под волшебные звуки
Носились по зале мы с ней?...
Теплы были нежные руки,
Светлы были звёзды очей.

Вчера пели песнь погребенья,
Без крыши гробница была;
Закрывши глаза, без движенья,
Она под парчою спала.

Я спал; над постелью моею
Стояла луна мертвецом...
Под чудные звуки мы с нею
Носились по зале вдвоём...

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Was it not recently that with magic sounds", copyright ©

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
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Was it not recently that with magic sounds

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

 Was it not recently that with magic sounds
 we danced about the hall, she and I?
 Her tender arms were warm,
 her star-like eyes were bright.
 Yesterday they sang dirges,
 the tomb was open;
 her eyes closed, motionless,
 she slept beneath a brocade.
 I slept; above my bed
 the moon hung like the dead...
 yet to wondrous sounds, she and I
 were flying about the hall, the two of us...

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Afanasy Afanas'yevich Fet (1820 - 1892)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
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Word count: 71