by Aleksandr Fomich Vel'tman (1800 - 1870)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Не для меня
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Когда я песнь твою внимаю,
Молчанье грустное храня,
Я забываюсь, я мечтаю...
Но ты поёшь не для меня!

Я вижу с страстною заботой,
Себе невольно изменя,
Ты ищешь взорами кого-то,
Но вижу я, что не меня!

Твоя душа полна желаний,
Твоя душа полна огня,
Ты также знаешь ад страданий,
И любишь ты, но не меня!

Люби! Себя ты не погубишь,
Рассудком чувства оценя,
Но если ты другого любишь,
То, друг мой, не ласкай меня!

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 74

Not for me
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
 When I listen to your song
 keeping a melancholy silence,
 I forget myself, I begin to dream ...
 but it is not for me that you sing!
 I observe with passionate worry,
 betraying myself unintentionally,
 that you seek someone with your gaze,
 but I see that it is not for me!
 Your soul is full of desire,
 Your soul is full of ardour,
 You too know hellish suffering:
 and you do love, but not me!
 Then love! You will not destroy yourself
 by valuing the wisdom of your feelings.
 But if you love another,
 then, my dear, do not caress me!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 102