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То было раннею весной

Language: Russian (Русский)

То было раннею весной,
трава едва всходила,
ручьи текли, не парил зной,
и зелень рощ сквозила;

[ Труба пастушья поутру
ещё не пела звонко,
и в завитках ещё в бору,
был папоротник тонкий; ]1

То было раннею весной,
в тени берёз то было,
когда с улыбкой предо мной
ты очи опустила...

То на любовь мою в ответ
ты опустила вежды!
О жизнь! о, лес! о, солнца свет!
О, юность! о, надежды!

И плакал я перед тобой,
на лик твой глядя милый;
то было раннею весной,
в тени берёз то было!

То было в утро наших лет!
О, счастье! о слёзы!
о, лес! о, жизнь! о, солнца свет!
О, свежий дух берёзы!

Translation(s): ENG FRE GER

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1 Not set by Rimsky-Korsakov.

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title ENG FRE by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "C'était au début du printemps", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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Word count: 111

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C'était au début du printemps

Language: French (Français) after the Russian (Русский)

C'était au début du printemps,
L'herbe se montrait à peine,
Les ruisseaux coulaient, il ne faisait pas trop chaud,
Les bosquets devenaient verts ;

Le pipeau du berger dans le matin
ne chantait pas encore d'une voix sonore,
dans la forêt les enroulements
des fougères étaient encore serrés ;

C'était au début du printemps,
et à l'ombre des bouleaux,
quand devant moi avec un sourire,
tu as baissé les yeux...

En réponse à mon amour pour toi
Tu as baissé les yeux...
Ô vie ! ô forêt ! ô lumière du soleil !
Ô jeunesse ! ô espoirs !

J'ai pleuré devant toi,
en regardant ton doux visage ;
c'était au début du printemps,
et à l'ombre des bouleaux !

C'était le matin de notre vie !
Ô bonheur ! ô larmes !
ô forêt ô vie ! ô lumière du soleil !
ô fraîche senteur des bouleaux !

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Count (1817 - 1875), no title, first published 1871 ENG GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rigelman, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shefer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-03-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:09
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Word count: 149