Translation © by Lyle Neff

В безмолвии садов, весной, во мгле ночей
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
В безмолвии садов, весной, во мгле ночей,
Поёт над розою восточный соловей.
Но роза милая не чувствует, не внемлет,
И под влюбленный гимн колеблется и дремлет.
Не так ли ты поёшь для хладной красоты?
Опомнись, о поэт, к чему стремишься ты?
Она [не слушает, не чувствует]1 поэта;
Глядишь, она цветет; взываешь -- нет ответа.

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1 Cui: "ne chuvstvujet, ne slushajet"

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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):

  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , title 1: "The nightingale and the rose", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Hans Keller) , title 1: "Die Nachtigall und die Rose", copyright ©

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 53

The nightingale and the rose
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
In the silence of the gardens, in the spring, in the darkness of the nights
An eastern nightingale sings over a rose.
But the dear rose does not feel, pays no heed,
And it swings and slumbers to the amorous hymn.
Are you not singing for a cold beauty?
Come to your senses, o poet, to what are you aspiring?
She does not listen, does not feel the poet;
You see, she blooms; you beseech -- there is no answer.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 79