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Буря мглою небо кроет

Language: Russian (Русский)

Буря мглою небо кроет,
Вихри снежные крутя;
То, как зверь, она завоет,
То заплачет, как дитя,
То по кровле обветшалой
Вдруг соломой зашумит,
То, как путник запоздалый,
К нам в окошко застучит.

Наша ветхая лачужка
И печальна и темна.
Что же ты, моя старушка,
Приумолкла у окна?
Или бури завываньем
Ты, мой друг, утомлена,
Или дремлешь под жужжаньем
Своего веретена?

[Выпьем, добрая подружка
Бедной юности моей,
Выпьем с горя; где же кружка?
Сердцу будет веселей.
Спой мне песню, как синица
Тихо за морем жила;
Спой мне песню, как девица
За водой поутру шла.]1

Буря мглою небо кроет,
Вихри снежные крутя;
То, как зверь, она завоет,
То заплачет, как дитя.
Выпьем, добрая подружка
Бедной юности моей,
Выпьем с горя; где же кружка?
Сердцу будет веселей.


Translation(s): ENG FRE HEB

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1 Sviridov rearranges the lines in this stanza to read:
Спой мне песню, как синица
Тихо за морем жила;
Спой мне песню, как девица
За водой поутру шла.
Выпьем, добрая подружка
Бедной юности моей,
Выпьем с горя; где же кружка?
Сердцу будет веселей.

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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  • Also set in Hebrew (עברית), a translation by Yohanan Kaldi , copyright © ENG FRE by Richard Farber.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi) , title 1: "A winter evening", from Russian Lyrics, published 1916
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Soirée d'hiver", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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A winter evening

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Sable clouds by tempest driven,
Snowflakes whirling in the gales,
Hark -- it sounds like grim wolves howling,
Hark -- now like a child it wails!
Creeping through the rustling straw thatch,
Rattling on the mortared walls,
Like some weary wanderer knocking -- 
On the lowly pane it falls.

Fearsome darkness fills the kitchen,
Drear and lonely our retreat,
Speak a word and break the silence,
Dearest little Mother, sweet!
Has the moaning of the tempest
Closed thine eyelids wearily?
Has the spinning wheel's soft whirring
Hummed a cradle song to thee?

Sweetheart of my youthful Springtime,
Thou true-souled companion dear -- 
Let us drink! Away with sadness!
Wine will fill our hearts with cheer.
Sing the song how free and careless
Birds live in a distant land -- 
Sing the song of maids at morning
Meeting by the brook's clear strand!

Sable clouds by tempest driven,
Snowflakes whirling in the gales,
Hark -- it sounds like grim wolves howling,
Hark -- now like a child it wails!
Sweetheart of my youthful Springtime,
Thou true-souled companion dear,
Let us drink! Away with sadness!
Wine will fill our hearts with cheer!


Submitted by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 - 1837), "Зимний вечер", first published 1825 FRE HEB
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Aleksandr Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Eduard Frantsevich Nápravník, Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, Mikhail Akimovich Slonov, Georgiy Vasil'yevich Sviridov, Pauline Viardot-García, Mikhail Lukyanovich Yakovlev. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-02-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:14
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Word count: 183