Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Всё тихо вокруг и темно, 
Погасли дневные огни,
И ночь пролетела немая... 
Усни, моё сердце, усни!

Одна я, одна я давно! 
Промчались волшебные сны...  
Спокойствию ночи внимая,
Усни, моё сердце, усни! 

Те дни позабыть ты должна, 
Увы, не вернутся они,
Их ночь поглотила немая... 
Усни, моё сердце, усни!

Нет счастия - призрак оно!
Дарят сновиденья одни
Нам грёзы прекрасные мая.
Усни, моё сердце, усни!

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Lullaby", copyright ©

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 64

Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Everything around me is quiet and dark. 
The light of day has grown dim;
night flies mutely past ...
sleep, my heart, fall sleep!

I am alone - I have been alone for a long time!
The magical days have rushed away...
to the calm alertness of night;
sleep, my heart, fall alseep! 

Forget those days. You must,
for alas! they will not return;
night has quietly swallowed them...
sleep, my heart, fall asleep!

This is not happiness - only a ghost! 
Give dreams alone to us,
day-dreams, o lovely May. 
Sleep, my heart, fall asleep!


  • 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: 16
Word count: 96