by Yakov Petrovich Polonsky (1819 - 1898)
Translation © by Aleksey Berg

Свет восходящих звёзд ‑ вся ночь, когда...
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Свет восходящих звёзд - вся ночь, когда она
Светла без месяца, без облаков темна, 
  Заключена в глазах твоих чудесных.
При них теряюсь я -- и не могу понять,
И словом не могу понятным передать
  Волнений, сердцу неизвестных.
Я верю иногда, что мне в глазах твоих
  Читать любовь -- была б отрада.
А иногда мне страшно возле них,
  Как тёмной ночью возле клада. 
Что выражает мне твой непонятный взгляд,
Когда глаза твои глядят и не глядят
  Из-под ресниц тяжеловесных?
Не так ли две звезды -- две путницы небесных,
Не зная, чьи мечты за ними вслед текут --
Горят -- не греют -- но... влекут.

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The light of the rising stars – all...
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The light of the rising stars – all night long,
When the sky is bright without moonshine,
And dark despite the lack of clouds,
Is captured in your wonderful eyes.
I am lost in front of them and cannot understand,
Cannot convey in meaningful words,
Those thrills, unknown to the heart.
I sometimes believe that it would be my happiness
To read love in your eyes.
But sometimes I feel frightened by them,
Like on a dark night, next to a buried treasure.
What does your mysterious glance express,
When your eyes both look and don’t look
From under heavy eyelashes?
Isn’t it like two stars, two heavenly wanderers,
Unaware of those whose dreams flow after them,
The stars burn without heat, but... they lure.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-07-21
Line count: 17
Word count: 125