Translation © by Sofia Peycheva

Старый муж, грозный муж
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Старый муж, грозный муж,
Режь меня, жги меня:
Я тверда, не боюсь
Ни нока, ни огня.

Ненавижу тебя,
Презираю тебя,
Я другого люблю,
Умираю любя.

Режь меня, жги меня;
Не зкажу ничего;
Старый муж, грозный муж,
Не узнаешь его.

Он свежее весны
Жарче летнего дня;
Как он молод и [смел]1
Как он любит меня!

Как ласкала его
Я в ночной тишине!
Как смеялись тогда
Мы твоей седине!

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1 Rachmaninov: "свеж" ("svezh")

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  • ENG English (Sofia Peycheva) , "Old husband, terrible husband", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (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: 20
Word count: 67

Old husband, terrible husband
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Old husband, terrible husband, 
Cut me into pieces, burn me
I am strong and afraid
of neither knife nor fire! 

Old husband, terrible husband, 
I hate you, I despise you! 
I love another man, 
I’ll die loving him.

He is fresher than spring, 
he is hotter than a summer day.
He is so young and brave, 
he loves me so much!
How I caressed him 
in the silence of the night, 
How we laughed
at your grey hair!


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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 78