by Daniil Maximovich Rathaus (1868 - 1937)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Не зажигай огня!
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Не зажигай огня! Во мгле душистой ночи
Отрадно мне с тобой сидеть наедине.
Взгляни, как звёзды нам, небес далёких очи,
Привет свой тёплый шлют, мерцая в вышине.

Не зажигай огня! Со светом к нам нахлынет
Знакомая тоска бесцельной суеты,
Умчится светлый сон, и счастье нас покинет.
Не зажигай огня, не отгоняй мечты.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Do not light the lamp!", copyright ©

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 52

Do not light the lamp!
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
 Do not light the lamp! In the darkness of this scented night
 it is a delight for me to sit alone with you.
 Look how the stars, the eyes of far-off skies,
 send us their warm greetings, twinkling far above.
 Do not light the lamp! With light will flood to us
 the familiar sadness of life's pointless bustle;
 the light will dash away the dream, and happiness will abandon us.
 Do not light the lamp - do not chase away our dream.


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 83