by Afanasy Afanas'yevich Fet (1820 - 1892)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Не отходи от меня
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Не отходи от меня,
Друг мой, останься со мной!
Не отходи от меня:
Мне так отрадно с тобой!

Ближе друг к другу, чем мы,
Ближе нельзя нам и быть;
Чище, живее, сильней
Мы не умеем любить.

Если же ты предо мной
Грустно головку склоня,
Мне так отрадно с тобой...
Не отходи от меня!

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ne me quitte pas", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bruno Tutenberg) , "Liebste, verweile bei mir"

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 53

Ne me quitte pas
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Ne me quitte pas,
Mon ami, reste avec moi !
Ne me quitte pas :
Je suis tellement heureuse d'être avec toi !

Plus près de l'autre que nous,
Plus près de nous, ce ne peut être ;
Plus pur, plus vivant, plus fort,
Nous saurions comment aimer.

Si tu es en face de moi,
Ta tête est baissée de tristesse,
Je suis tellement heureuse d'être avec toi !
Ne me quitte pas !


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This text was added to the website: 2016-08-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 74