by Daniil Maximovich Rathaus (1868 - 1937)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Эти летние ночи
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Эти летние ночи прекрасные,
Ярким светом луны озарённые,
Порождают тревоги неясные,
Пробуждают порывы влюблённые.

Забывается скорбь необъятная,
Что даруется жизнью унылою,
И блаженства края благодатные
Раскрываются тайною силою...

И открыли друг другу невластные
Над собою сердцамы влюблённые, 
В эти летние ночи прекрасные,
светом ярким луны озарённые.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "These summer nights", copyright © 2015

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Word count: 46

These summer nights
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
These lovely summer nights,
Lit by the bright light of the moon,
Provoke vague fears
And awaken desires of love.

The immense sorrows brought about
By a cheerless life are forgotten;
And regions of blessed delight
Are revealed with mysterious power...

And powerless to resist, lovers open up 
Their hearts to each other,
In these lovely summer nights,
Lit by the bright light of the moon.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-02-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 66