По небу полуночи ангел летел
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
По небу полуночи ангел летел,
  И тихую песню он пел;
И месяц, и звёзды, и тучи толпой
  Внимали той песне святой.

Он пел о блаженстве безгрешных духов
  Под кущами райских садов;
О боге великом он пел, и хвала 
  Его непритворна была.

Он душу младую в объятиях нёс
  Для мира печали и слёз;
И звук его песни в душе молодой
  Остался -- без слов, но живой.

И долго на свете томилась она,
  Желанием чудным полна,
И звуков небес заменить не могли
  Ей скучные песни земли.

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Confirmed with М. Ю. Лермонтов, Сочинения Том 1; Москва Издательство "Правда", 1988 (M. Yu. Lermontov: Works, Volume 1; Moscow; "Truth" Publishers)

See also Tolstoy's poem Горними тихо летела душа небесами.


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Authorship:

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 French (Français), a translation by G. Jorissenne ; composed by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Catulle Mendès (1841 - 1909) , "L'ange et l'âme", appears in Petits poèmes russes, in 5. Lermontov, Paris, G. Charpentier et E. Fasquelle, first published 1893 ; composed by Camille Erlanger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Paul Frommer, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Manuel M. Ponce.

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

  • ENG English (Dmitri Smirnov) , "The angel", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi) , "The angel", appears in Russian Lyrics, first published 1916
  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "L'ange"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt) , "Der Engel"


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 83