Translation © by Lyle Neff

Смеркалось; жаркий день бледнел...
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
[Смеркалось;]1 жаркий день бледнел неуловимо.
Над озером туман тянулся полосой,
И кроткий образ твой, знакомый и любимый,
В вечерний тихий час носился предо мной.

Улыбка та ж была, которую люблю я,
И мягкая коса, как прежде, расплелась,
И очи грустные, попрежнему тоскуя,
Глядели на меня в вечерний тихий час.

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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 French (Français), a translation by G. Jorissenne ; composed by Nikolay Vladimirovich Shcherbachyov.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Karl Yulyevich Davidov.

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

  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 49

It was getting dark, the hot day grew...
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
It was getting dark, the hot day grew pale elusively,
Fog stretched like a band over the lake,
And your gentle image, familiar and beloved,
Wafted before me in the quiet hour of evening.

But there was that smile, which I love,
And the soft braid as before, untwined,
And the sorrowful eyes, yearning as before,
Looked at me in the quiet hour of evening.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 65