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Горячий ключ

Language: Russian (Русский)

Помнишь тот горячий ключ,
Как он чист был и бегуч,
Как дрожал в нем солнца луч
  И качался,
Как пестрел соседний бор,
Как белели выси гор,
Как тепло в нем звездный хор

Обмелел он и остыл,
Словно в землю уходил.
Оставляя следом ил
Долго-долго я алкал,
Жилу жаркую меж скал
С тайной ревностью искал,
  Но напрасной.

Вдруг в горах промчался гром,
Потряслась земля кругом,
Я бежал, покинув дом,
  Мне грозящий,—
Оглянулся — чудный вид:
Старый ключ прошиб гранит
И над бездною висит,
  Весь кипящий!

Translation(s): ENG

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

  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , title 1: "The hot-spring", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2013-02-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:08
Line count: 24
Word count: 86

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The hot‑spring

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

You remember that hot-spring,
How clean and running it was,
How a sunbeam bobbed within it
  and swayed,
How the adjoining pine forest made a splash of color,
How the heights of the mountains showed white,
How warmly the chorus of stars within it

It became shallow and cold,
As if it retreated into the ground.
Leaving behind mud
  of pale-red.
For a long time I hungered,
The hot vein between the cliffs
I sought with secret jealousy,
  But to no avail.

Suddenly in the mountains flashed a thunder-clap,
The earth shook all around,
I fled, abandoning the house
  That was threatening me, --
I looked back -- a wonderful view:
The old spring broke through the granite
And hangs over the chasm,
  All aboil!

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Afanasy Afanas'yevich Fet (1820 - 1892), "Горячий ключ", written 1870
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anton Stepanovich Arensky. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-02-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:08
Line count: 24
Word count: 124