Translation © by Guy Laffaille

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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See also Pomey's very loose translation Désespoir.

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
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Vieux mari, mari terrible
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Vieux mari, mari terrible,
Coupe-moi en morceaux, brûle-moi :
Je suis forte et je n'ai pas peur
Ni du couteau ni du feu.

Je te hais,
Je te méprise,
J'en aime un autre,
Je meurs d'amour pour lui.

Coupe-moi en morceaux, brûle-moi ;
Je ne dirai rien ;
Vieux mari, mari terrible,
Tu ne te le connaîtras pas.

Il est plus frais que le printemps,
Il est plus chaud qu'un jour d'été ;
Comme il est jeune et hardi,
Comme il m'aime !

Comme je le caressais
Dans le silence de la nuit !
Comme nous riions
De tes cheveux gris !

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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-20
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Word count: 102