Stary'j muzh, grozny'j muzh
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Stary'j muzh, grozny'j muzh,
Rezh` menya, zhgi menya:
YA tverda, ne boyus`
Ni noka, ni ognya.

Nenavizhu tebya,
Prezirayu tebya,
YA drugogo lyublyu,
Umirayu lyubya.

Rezh` menya, zhgi menya;
Ne zkazhu nichego;
Stary'j muzh, grozny'j muzh,
Ne uznaesh` ego.

On svezhee vesny'
Zharche letnego dnya;
Kak on molod i [smel]1
Kak on lyubit menya!

Kak laskala ego
YA v nochnoj tishine!
Kak smeyalis` togda
My' tvoej sedine!

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See also Pomey's very loose translation Désespoir.

1 Rachmaninov: "свеж" ("svezh")

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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)

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  • ENG English (Sofia Peycheva) , "Old husband, terrible husband", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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