by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 - 1873)
Translation © by Malcolm Gain

Ещё в полях белеет снег
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Ещё в полях белеет снег,
А воды уж весной шумят --
Бегут и будят сонный брег,
Бегут, и блещут, и гласят...

Они гласят во все концы:
«Весна идёт, весна идёт!
Мы молодой весны гонцы,
Она нас выслала вперёд.

Весна идёт, весна идёт,
И тихих, тёплых майских дней
Румяный, светлый хоровод
Толпится весело за ней!...»

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , 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: 53

The fields are covered still with snow
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The fields are covered still with snow,
But Spring has swollen all the streams.
They run and sparkle as they go,
And wake the shores from drowsy dreams.
They call out loudly on their way:
“Spring’s coming on! Spring’s coming on!
We bring the message here today,
That’s why we meet you on the run!
Spring’s coming on! Spring’s coming on!
And soon the lovely days of May
Will follow happily along
And dance a merry roundelay!”

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Translation of title "Весенние воды" = "Spring waters"
(English translation following the sense, the rhyme pattern and the meter of the original poem and designed for singing in Rachmaninoff’s setting.)


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 77