Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Два прощания
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
«Так ты, моя
Красавица,
Лишилась вдруг
Двух молодцев.
Скажи же мне,
Как с первым ты
Рассталася - 
Прощалася?» -
«Рассталась с ним
Я весело;
Прощалася - 
Смеялася...
А он ко мне,
Бедня жечка,
Припал на грудь
Головушкой;
И долго так
Лежал, молчал;
Смочил платок
Горючими...
- Ну, бог с тобой, -
Промолвил мне.
Схватил коня,
Поехал в путь,
В чужих краях
Коротать век».
- «И ты над ним
Смеялася?
Его слезам
Не верила?
Скажи ж теперь,
Мудреная,
Как ты с другим
[Прощалася]1?»
«Другой не то...
Не плакал он,
[Но]2 и теперь
Все плачу я.
Ах, обнял он
Так холодно;
Так сухо речь 
Повел со мной.
-- Я еду вишь, 
Ненадолго;
Ещё с тобой
Увидимся,
[И довольи]3
Наплачемся. --
Но сердцу ли 
Такой привет?
Махнул рукой,
Не кланяясь, 
В мое лицо
Не смотрючи,
Пустил коня - 
И был таков». --
«Кто ж памятней 
останется 
душе твоей, 
красавица?»
«Мне первого,
Конечно, жаль;
[Но я люблю]4
Последнего».

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Confirmed with Алексей Кольцов, Стихотворения, 2018.

1 Dyubyuk, Rachmaninov: "Рассталася" ("Rasstalasja")
2 Dyubyuk, Rachmaninov: "А" ("A")
3 Dyubyuk, Rachmaninov: "И в волюшку" ("I v voljushku")
4 Dyubyuk, Rachmaninov: "Люблю же я" ("Ljublju zhe ja")

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  • ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , "Two farewells", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Deux adieux", 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: 64
Word count: 151

Two farewells
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
"So you, my 
beauty, 
have just rid yourself 
of two suitors.
Tell me: 
how did you
part with 
the first one?"
"I parted with him 
merrily, 
laughing when I 
said goodbye.
But he, 
poor soul, 
put his head 
on my breast
and silently 
lay there a long time, 
wetting my handkerchief 
with his scalding tears.
 “God be with you!” 
he muttered, 
mounted his horse, 
and set off down the road,
To while away 
the centuries."
"And you laughed 
at him? 
You didn’t 
believe his tears?
Tell me, 
wise woman: 
how did you part 
with the other one?"
"The other one was different. 
He didn’t weep, 
but I can’t stop 
weeping.
Oh, how cold 
his final embrace was!
How heartless 
his speech!
 “I won’t be 
 away long. 
 we’ll meet 
 again soon
 and we’ll 
 weep together!”
How could 
I reply?
He waved his hand, 
and with not even a bow,
Not looking 
into my face,
Spurred his horse 
and rode off."
"And which of the two 
will stay 
with your soul, 
my beauty?
"I feel sorry for 
the first one, of course;
But I love 
the latter!"

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This text was added to the website: 2017-02-09
Line count: 64
Word count: 185