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Где наша роза?
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Где наша роза?
Друзья мои!
Увяла роза,
Дитя зари!...
Не говори:
Вот жизни младость,
[Не]1 повтори:
Так вянет радость,
[В душе]2 скажи:
[Прости!]3 жалею.....
И на лилею
Нам укажи.

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1 Glinka: "Но" ("No")
2 Glinka: "Вздохнув" ("Vzdokhnuv")
3 Glinka: "Увы" ("Uvy")

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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)

Set in a modified version by Arshak Andriasov, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.

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: 12
Word count: 29

Where is our rose?
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Where is our rose?
My friends!
The rose has withered,
This child of the dawn!...
Do not say
"Such is the life-cycle of youth",
[Do not]1 repeat
"Such is how joy fades";
Instead say [in your soul]2:
"[Forgive me]3, I grieve..."
And to the lily
Direct your attention.

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Translations of titles
"Где наша роза" = "Where is our rose?"
"Роза" = "The rose"

Translator's note: flowers have a rich history of symbolism in literature. Roses often symbolize love and enduring passion, and lilies often symbolize humility and devotion. Lilies are also associated with funerals because they often symbolize the soul's return to innocence after death.

1 Glinka: "Nor"
2 Glinka: "sighing"
3 Glinka: "Alas"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-02-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 48