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Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Не пенится море, не плещет волна
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Не пенится море, не плещет волна,
деревья листами не двинут;
на глади прозрачной царит тишина,
как в зеркале, мир опрокинут.

Сижу я на камне; висят облака,
недвижные в синем просторе;
душа безмятежна, душа глубока,
сродни ей спокойное море.

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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):

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

  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

The sea doesn't spume, the wave doesn't...
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The sea doesn't spume, the wave doesn't splash, 
The leaves don't move on the trees, 
Upon the translucent surface reigns silence, 
The world is turned upside down as if in a mirror. 

I sit on a stone, the clouds
Hang motionless in the blue vastness;
My soul is serene and profound
Akin to the tranquil sea.

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  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2017 by Sergey Rybin, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2017-01-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 56