by Daniil Maximovich Rathaus (1868 - 1937)
Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Падают капли печальные
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Падают, падают капли печальные,
тяжко по крыше стучат.
Ветер напевы поёт погребальные,
ветви так грустно шумят.

Падают, падают грёзы смущённые
на душу мертвым дождём...
Слёзы холодные, муки бессонные,
сколько вас в сердце моём!

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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 (Jennifer Gliere) , "Raindrops sadly fall", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Des gouttes de pluie tristement tombent", 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: 8
Word count: 33

Raindrops sadly fall
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Fall, fall, sad raindrops,
with a hard knocking on the roof.
The wind sings a funeral song,
the branches rustle so sadly.
Fall, fall, confused dreams
on my soul like a dead rain…
Cold tears, sleepless agonies,
so many of you weigh on my heart.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-02-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 45