Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Я видел ночь: она передо мной,
Вся в черном шла, живая, молодая
Волшевница, с поникшей головой,
Зарницами, как взглядами сверкая.

Прозрачен был её воздушный стан;
Но чуял я дыханья знойный трепет.
И в тишине, как ласковый обман,
Незримых уст призывный нёсся лепет:

Казалось мне, что чудная зовёт
Меня с собой к любви и наслажденью.

И я всё шёл, всё шёл за ней вперед.
Объятый весь огнём её и тенью.

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , title 1: "Apparition", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La vision", 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: 12
Word count: 69

Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
I saw night. She before me
Walked, all in black, alive, young, 
A sorceress with bowed head
With lightening flashing like glances.
Transparent was her light figure;
But I felt her sultry, tremulous breath.
And in the silence, like a tender illusion, 
Whispering from invisible lips was heard.

It seemed that the beautiful one was calling me
After her towards love and pleasure.
And I walked and walked, 
Totally consumed by her fire and shadow. 


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 75