by Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870 - 1953)
Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Ночь идёт ‑ и темнеет
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ночь идёт - и темнеет
Бледно-синий восток...
От одежд её веет
По полям ветерок.

День был долог и зноен...
Ночь идёт и поёт 
колыбельную песню
И к покою зовёт.

Грустен взор её тёмный,
Одинок её путь...
Спи-усни, моё сердце!
Отдохни... Позабудь.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (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: 12
Word count: 41

Night approaches and it grows dark
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Night approaches and it grows dark;
it is only pale blue in the East.
In dark garb, the spring breeze
blows lightly through the fields.
Day was oppressive and hot. . . .
Night comes and sings
a lullabye;
To [the River] Rokju it calls.
It is sad; look, it is dark,
It is lonely…
Sleep now, my heart.
Rest… and forget.

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Translation of title "Ночь идёт" = "Night approaches"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 62