Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Медлительно влекутся дни мои
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Медлительно влекутся дни мои,
И каждый миг в [унылом]1 сердце множит
Всё горести несчастливой любви            
[И все мечты безумия]2 тревожит.

Но я молчу; не слышен ропот мой;
Я слёзы лью; мне слёзы утешенье;
Моя душа, [плененная]3 тоской,
В них горькое находит наслажденье.

О жизни [час]4, лети, не жаль тебя,
Исчезни в тьме, пустое привиденье;
Мне дорого любви моей мученье;
Пускай умру, но пусть умру, любя!

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1 Cui: "uvjadshem"
2 Cui: "I tjazhkoje bezumije"
3 Cui: "ob"jataja"
4 Cui: "son"

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  • 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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

Slowly drag my days
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Slowly drag my days, 
Every moment amplifies in my withered heart
All woes of unrequited love
And agonizing madness troubles me.

But I am silent; my grumble is not heard;
I shed tears; tears are my consolation.
My soul, consumed by grief,
Finds bitter pleasure in tears.

Oh, illusion of life! Fly by, I don't value you, 
Vanish in darkness, meaningless ghost; 
I treasure the torment of my love, 
Let me die, but let me die being in love!

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This text was added to the website: 2017-01-14
Line count: 12
Word count: 79