by Lev Aleksandrovich Mey (1822 - 1862)
Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Я ‑‑ цветок полевой, я ‑‑ лилия долин
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
«Я -- цветок полевой, я -- лилия долин.»
  « ,,Голубица моя белолонная,
Между юных подруг -- словно в тернии крин.»
  « Словно [яблонь]1 в цвету благовонная
[Посредине]2 бесплодных деревьев лесных,
   Милый мой - меж друзей молодых;
[Я под тень его сесть восхотела - и села,
     И плоды его сладкие ела.
Проведите меня в дом вина и пиров,
   Одарите любовною властию,
Положите на одр из душистых цветов:
   Я больна, я уязвлена страстию.
Вот рука его здесь, под моей головой;
   Он меня обнимает другой...
Заклинаю вас, юные девы Шалима,
   Я должна, я хочу быть любима!]3»

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1 Musorgsky: "мирта" ("mirta")
2 Musorgsky: "Меж" ("Mezh")
3 Musorgsky: "Где ты, милый мой, красавец мой?" ("Gde ty, milyj moj, krasavec moj?")

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  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , "Hebrew song ", copyright © 2015, (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) [singable] (Hans Schmidt) , "Hebräisches Lied"

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Hebrew song 
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
"I am a flower of the fields, I am a lily of the valley".
"A dove of mine, white-breasted one, 
Amongst young girlfriends, like a lily amongst the thorns."
"Like a myrtle, blossoming and fragrant, 
Amongst fruitless forest trees, 
My dear one – amongst his young friends,  
Amongst his young friends.
Where are you, my dear, my handsome one?"

Note: this is a translation of Musorgsky's version.


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