Translation © by Lyle Neff

Уж ты, нива моя, нивушка
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Уж ты, нива моя, нивушка, 
Не скосить тебя с маху единого,
Не связать тебя всю во единый сноп!
Уж вы, думы мои, думушки, 
Не стряхнуть вас разом с плеч долой,
Одной речью-то вас не высказать!
По тебе-ль, нива, ветер разгуливал, 
Гнул колосья твои до-земли,
Зрелы зерна-все разметывал!
Широко вы, думы, порассыпались, 
Куда пала какая думушка.
Там всходила люта печаль-трава, 
Выростало горе горючее.

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Confirmed with Новѣйшіе русскіе писатели: опыт христоматіи періода русской словесности после Гоголя, составил А. Цветков, С.-Петерсбург, Издание Ф. Павленкова, 1883.

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

  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , no title, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Guy Laffaille) , "Ô toi, mon champ de blé !", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 62

O you, my grain‑field, little...
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
O you, my grain-field, little grain-field,
one cannot mow you with a single stroke,
one cannot tie you all up into a single sheaf!
O you, my thoughts, little thoughts,
one cannot all at once get rid of you,
one cannot express you with one utterance!
The wind would stroll through you, grain-field,
would bend your ears [of grain] to the earth,
and toss all the mature grains!
You, [my] thoughts, would scatter yourselves far and wide,
to where some little thought would fall.
In that place a cruel grass of sadness would sprout,
a burning grief would spring up.

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  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2015 by Lyle Neff, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-04-06
Line count: 13
Word count: 100