by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 - 1873)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

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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  • ENG English [singable] (Malcolm Gain) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Les champs sont encore couverts de neige
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Les champs sont encore couverts de neige,
Mais le printemps fait bruire les eaux,
Elles courent et réveillent les berges,
Elles courent et brillent et donnent de la voix.

Elles appellent dans tous les coins :
« Le printemps arrive, le printemps arrive !
Nous sommes les jeunes messagers du printemps
Il nous a envoyés devant.

Le printemps arrive, le printemps arrive,
Et vite les chaudes journées de mai
Aux joues rouges, la ronde joyeuse,
Une foule de plaisirs pour lui !... »

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Translation of title "Весенние воды" = "Les eaux printanières"


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