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Светлая личность

Language: Russian (Русский)

Он незнатной был породы,
Он возрос среди народа,
Но гонимий местью царской,
Злобной завистью боярской,
Он обрёк себя страданью,
Казням, пыткам, истязанью,
И пошёл вещать народу,
Братство, равенство, свободу.1
И, восстанье начиная,
Он бежал в чужие краи
Из царева каземата,
От кнута, щипцов и ката.
А народ, восстать готовый
Из-под участи суровой
От Смоленска до Ташкента
С нетерпеньем ждал студента.1
Ждал его он поголовно,
Чтоб идти безпрекословно,
Порешить в конец боярство,
Порешить совсем и царство,
Сделать общими именья
И предать навеки мщенью
Церкви, браки и семейство!1
Мира старого злодейство!1

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Shostakovich adds here: "`Ekh!" ("Эх!").

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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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) (Victor Derély) , title 1: "Une personnalité éclairée"
  • ENG English (Constance Clara Garnett née Black) , title 1: "A noble personality"

Text added to the website: 2008-12-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:02
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Word count: 89

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A noble personality

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

He was not of rank exalted,
He was not of noble birth,
He was bred among the people
In the breast of Mother Earth.
But the malice of the nobles
And the Tsar's revengeful wrath
Drove him forth to grief and torture
On the martyr's chosen path.

He set out to teach the people
Freedom, love, equality,
To exhort them to resistance;
But to flee the penalty
Of the prison, whip and gallows,
To a foreign land he went.
While the people waited hoping
From Smolensk to far Tashkent,

Waited eager for his coming
To rebel against their fate,
To arise and crush the Tsardom
And the nobles' vicious hate,
To share all the wealth in common,
And the antiquated thrall
Of the church, the home and marriage
To abolish once for all.

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2011-01-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:13
Line count: 24
Word count: 133