Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Как небеса, твой взор блистает
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Как небеса, твой взор блистает
Эмалью голубой,
Как поцелуй, звучит и тает
Твой голос молодой;

За звук один волшебной речи,
За твой единый [взгляд,
Я рад отдать красавца]1 сечи,
Грузинский мой булат;

И он порою сладко блещет,
И сладостней звучит,
При звуке том душа трепещет,
И в сердце кровь кипит.

Но жизнью бранной и мятежной
Не тешусь я с тех пор,
Как услыхал твой голос нежный
И встретил милый взор.

N. Rimsky-Korsakov sets stanzas 1-2

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1 Rimsky-Korsakov: "vzgljadja/ brosit' rad krasavca" ; Sviridov : "vzgljad/ ja brosit' rad, otdat' krasavca"

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Your glance is as radiant as the heavens
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Your glance is as radiant as the heavens
With its azure enamel; 
Your youthful voice like a kiss 
Vibrates and melts away.

Just for the sound of your magical accents, 
For your single gaze
I'd gladly give up the hero of the battle - 
My Georgian dagger...

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This text was added to the website: 2017-01-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 47