Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Цветок засохший, безуханный
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Цветок засохший, безуханный,
Забытый в книге вижу я,
И вот уже мечтою странной
Душа наполнилась моя.

Где цвел, когда, какой весною?
И долго ль цвел, и сорван кем?
Чужой, знакомой ли рукою?
И положен сюда зачем?

На память нежного ль свиданья
Или разлуки роковой,
Иль одинокого гулянья
В тиши полей, в тени лесной?

И жив ли тот, и та жива ли?
[И где их нынче]1 уголок?
Или [уже они]2 увяли,
Как сей неведомый цветок?

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1 Medtner: "И нынче где их" ("I nynche gde ikh")
2 Medtner: "они уже" ("oni uzhe")

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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):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Louis Pomey (1835 - 1901) ; composed by Pauline Viardot-García.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by A. Aleksandrova ; composed by Sigizmund Mikhailovich Blumenfel'd.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Sigizmund Mikhailovich Blumenfel'd.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt (1819 - 1892) ; composed by Pauline Viardot-García.

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 74

A flower, dried up and withered
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
A flower, dried up and withered,
I find, forgotten within a book,
And suddenly with curious thoughts
My mind begins to fill.

Where did it blossom? When? In which spring?
Did it flower for a long time, and who plucked it?
A strange or a familiar hand?
And why was it put here?

Was it a souvenir of a tender meeting,
Or of a cruel parting,
Or of solitary wandering
In the quiet fields, or the shadow of the forest?

And lives yet "he", or "she"? 
And where is their abode now?
Or have they withered already
Like this mysterious flower?

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Translation of titles:
"Цветок" = "The flower"
"Цветок засохший" = "The withered flower"

Note: Medtner's changes do not affect the translation.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-09-13
Line count: 16
Word count: 101