by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 - 1873)
Translation © by Sergey Rybin

Ещё в полях белеет снег
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Ещё в полях белеет снег,
А воды уж весной шумят --
Бегут и будят сонный брег,
Бегут, и блещут, и гласят...

Они гласят во все концы:
«Весна идёт, весна идёт!
Мы молодой весны гонцы,
Она нас выслала вперёд.

Весна идёт, весна идёт,
И тихих, тёплых майских дней
Румяный, светлый хоровод
Толпится весело за ней!...»

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  • ENG English [singable] (Malcolm Gain) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The fields are still whitened with snow
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The fields are still whitened with snow, 
But the waters already roar with Spring.
They rush and awaken the sleepy riverbank, 
They rush, and sparkle, and proclaim...

They proclaim to all corners of the earth:
“Spring is coming, Spring is coming!
We are the heralds of the young Spring, 
She has sent us forward!”

Spring is coming, Spring is coming, 
And the quiet, warm days of May
In a bright and glowing round dance
Bustle joyfully behind her.

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Translation of title "Весенние воды" = "Spring waters"


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