Translation © by Johann Winkler

Перстенёчек золотой
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Перстенёчек золотой,
Ненаглядный, дорогой!
Светлой памяти любви
В очи чёрные гляди.

Если грустно будет ей,
Ты потускни, почерней;
Если радость — изменись,
Весь алмазом разгорись!

День забвенья ли придёт,
Душа чувство [проживёт]1 —
Тогда, перстень золотой,
[Ты рассыпься]2 сам собой!

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Confirmed with А. В. Кольцов, Полное собрание стихотворений, Ленинград, Советский писатель, 1958.

1 Varlamov: "изживёт" ("izzhivjot")
2 Varlamov: "Почерней ты" ("Pochernej ty")

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  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) (William Stigand, né Stigant) , "The ringlet"
  • ENG English (Johann Winkler) , "The little ring", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 40

The little ring
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Little golden ring,
you are beloved, you are dear!
With bright remembrance of love
look into black eyes.

When she becomes sad,
then become pale, become black;
when she rejoices, then change
and sparkle like a diamond!

When the day of oblivion comes
and the heart is feeling no more,
then, golden ring,
decay by yourself!


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This text was added to the website: 2020-11-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 56