by Nikolai Porfiryevich Grekov (1810 - 1866)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Где ты, звёздочка?
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE GER GER
Где ты, звёздочка, ах, где ты, ясная?
Иль затмилася тучей [мрачною]1?
Где ты, девица, где ты, красная?
Иль покинула друга милого?2

И я с горести, со лютой тоски,
Пойду во поле, поле чистое,
Не увижу ли ясной звездочки,
Я не встречу ли красной девицы?

Туча чёрная скрыла звёздочку,
Земля хладная взяла девицу.

M. Musorgsky sets stanzas 1, 3

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Musorgsky: "чёрною, тучей чёрною, тучей мрачною" ("chjornoju, tuchej chjornoju, tuchej mrachnoju")
2 Musorgsky adds "Друга милого, ненаглядного" ("Druga milogo, nenagljadnogo?")

Show a transliteration: Default | DIN | GOST

Note on Transliterations


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Erin Franklin) , "Where are you little star?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , "Where are you, little star?", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Où es-tu, petite étoile ?", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Frieder Anders) , "Wo bist du, Sternlein?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Sternlein, wo bist du?", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-03-13 21:09:59
Line count: 10
Word count: 52

Où es‑tu, petite étoile ?
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Où es-tu, petite étoile, ah, où es-tu, étoile brillante ?
Ou es-tu allé dans un nuage sombre ?
Où es-tu, jeune fille, où es-tu, belle jeune fille ?
Ou t'es-tu enfuie vers un cher ami ?

Et avec chagrin, avec une cruelle peine,
J'irai dans un champ, un champ clair,
Ne verrai-je pas une étoile brillante,
Ne rencontrerai-je pas une jeune fille ?

Un nuage noir cache la petite étoile,
La terre froide a gardé la jeune fille.


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to French (Français) copyright © 2015 by Guy Laffaille, (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.

Based on


Text added to the website: 2015-09-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-09-19 18:16:52
Line count: 10
Word count: 78