Translation © by Victor Han

Листья шумели уныло
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Листья шумели уныло
[Ночью осенней]1 порой;
Гроб [опускали]2 в могилу,
Гроб, озарённый луной.

Тихо, без плача, зарыли
И удалились все прочь,
[Только луна на могилу]3,
[Грустно смотрела]4 всю ночь.

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1 Musorgsky: "В дубраве ночною" (V dubrave nochnoju)
2 Musorgsky, Varlamov: "опустили" (opustili)
3 Musorgsky: "Только, склонясь над могилой" (Tol'ko, sklonjas' nad mogiloj)
4 Musorgsky: "Листья шумели" (List'ja shumeli)

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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 (Victor Han) , "The leaves were whispering sadly", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les feuilles bruissaient tristement", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Dmitri Sergeyevich Usov) , "Düster und feucht war der Abend"

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 29

The leaves were whispering sadly
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The leaves were whispering sadly
In the forest in the time of night
They lowered the  casket in the grave,
The casket, lit by the moon.

Quietly, without cries they covered it with earth.
And  all went away,
Only, leaning over the grave,
The leaves whispered all night.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 48