Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Отчалила лодка… Чуть брезжил рассвет
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Отчалила лодка… Чуть брезжил рассвет…
В ушах раздавался [прощальный]1 привет,
Дышал он нежданною лаской…
Свинцовое море шумело кругом…
Всё это мне кажется сладостным сном,
Волшебной, несбыточной сказкой!

О нет, то не сон был! В дали голубой
Две белые чайки неслись над водой,
И серые тучки летели, --
И всё, что сказать я не мог, не успел,
Кипело в душе... и восток чуть алел,
И волны шумели, шумели!

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Confirmed with А.Н.Апухтин, Стихотворения. Библиотека поэта. Большая серия. 2-е изд., Ленинград: Советский писатель, 1961.

1 Prokofiev: "последний" (poslednij)

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

  • ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le bateau s'en va", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Jennifer Gliere [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

The boat left… dawn had scarcely broken
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The boat left… dawn had scarcely broken.
The words of farewell rang in my ears,
The breathed an unexpected greeting …
The leaden sea murmured all around …
It all seems to me a sweet bedtime story,
A magical, unimaginable fairy tale!
But no! It was no dream! In the distance
Two ivory seagulls skimmed over the water,
And the grey clouds flew by,
and all that I could not express, and failed to say
stirred in my soul, and the east glowed faintly red,
And the East murmured!

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Translation of title "Отчалила лодка" = "The boat left"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 89