by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

Tak chto zhe?
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Tvoj obraz svetlyj, angel'skij
I denno i noshno so mnoj;
I sljozy, i grjozy, 
I zhutkije, strashnye sny,
Ty vsjo napolnjajesh' soboj!
Ty vsjo napolnjajesh' soboj!
Tak chto zhe? Chto zhe? Chto zhe?
Khot" much', da ljubi!

Ja tajnu strasti pagubnoj
Gluboko khoronju;
A ty korish', stydom jazvish'!
Ty tol'ko terzajesh' menja
Bezzhalostnoj, gruboj nasmeshkoj,
Bezzhalostnoj, gruboj nasmeshkoj!
Tak chto zhe? chto zhe? chto zhe?
Terzaj, da ljubi!

Tebe do groba veren ja,
No ty kazhdyj den', kazhdyj chas
Izmenoju jad v serdce l'josh'
Ty zhizn' otravljajesh' moju!
Net, ja ne snesu `etoj muki!
Net zhalosti v serdce tvojom!
Tak chto zhe? chto zhe? chto zhe?
Ubej, no ljubi!

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "So what is it?", copyright © 2022
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pourquoi donc ?", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bruno Tutenberg) , "Warum nur?"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 109