Translation © by Laura Prichard

Соловей
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the Serbian (Српски) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Соловей мой, соловейко! 
Птица малая, лесная!
У тебя ль, у малой птицы, 
Незаменные три песни,
У меня ли, у молодца, 
Три великие заботы!
Как уж первая забота --
Рано молодца женили;
А вторая-то забота -- 
Ворон конь мой притомился;
Как уж третья-то забота --
Красну-девицу со мною 
Разлучили злые люди.
Вы копайте мне могилу 
Во поле, поле широком,
В головах мне посадите 
Алы цветики-цветочки,
А в ногах мне проведите 
Чисту воду ключевую.
Пройдут мимо красны девки, 
Так сплетут себе [кепочки]1:
Пройдут мимо стары люди,
Так воды себе зачерпнут.

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1 Tchaikovsky: "venochki"

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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)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG FRE RUS ; composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Rossignol", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 23
Word count: 85

My nightingale, oh nightingale!
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
My nightingale, [oh] nightingale! 
Little bird of [the] forest!
You’re a, a small bird, [with]
Three indispensable songs,
I have, I’m a young man, 
Three great sorrows!
Such is [my] first concern —
I married young;
But [this is my] second concern -- 
My raven-colored horse is worn out;
Such is [my] third concern —
[A] red-haired girl was mine 
We were spearated by evil people.
You [should] dig for me 
A grave, in the wide fields,
At my head plant 
Little scarlet flowers,
But at my feet will run 
[A] stream of pure water.
When pretty girls pass by, 
There they will braid garlands [from the flowers]:
When old people pass by,
There they will cool themselves with a palmful1 of water.

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1 literally: they will scoop up some water for themselves, they will refresh themselves

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This text was added to the website: 2016-06-26
Line count: 23
Word count: 122