Translation by Semyon Olender (1907 - 1969)

Vegn rokhves fun felder
Language: Yiddish (יידיש) 
Vegn rokhves fun felder,
Oy, brider getraye,
hob ikh a mol nit lider gezungen,
vayl nit far mir di felder flegn grinen
un nit far mir flegt toy aroprinen.

In enge kelers, in finstere vi nakht,
bin ikh gezesn, gezesn farshmakht,
in keler hot umetik zikh getrogn
mayn nign vegn tsores un laydn un plogn. 

Kol virtisher taykhl zolst flisn, zolst flisn,
un gib ale fraynt mayne fraylekhe grusn,
in gliklikhe kolvirt iz itst mayn heym,
bai mayn fenster shteyt a bliyender boym.

Di felder far mir, far mir oikh itst grinen,
fun zey milkh un honig far mir oikh rinen,
kh'bin gliklikh!
Du zolst mayne brider dertseyln,
vegn kolvirtshe felder zing ikh itst mayne lider!

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Chorošaja žizn'
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the Yiddish (יידיש) 
Available translation(s): FRE
O pole prostornom, druz'ja dorogie,
Pesen ne pel ja v gody gluchie.
Ne dlja menja polja rascvetali,
Ne dlja menja rosinki stekali.

V tesnom podvale vo t'me syroj
Žil ja kogda-to, izmučen nuždoj.
I grustnaja pesnja neslas' iz podvala
O gore, o muke moej nebyvaloj.

Kolchoznaja rečka, struis' veselee;
Druz'jam peredaj moj poklon poskoree.
Skaži, čto v kolchoze teper' moj dom,
Cvetuščee derevo stoit pod oknom.

Teper' dlja menja polja rascvetajut,
Menja molokom i mëdom pitajut.
JA sčastliv, a ty rasskaži moim brat'jam:
Kolchoznym poljam budu pesni slagat' ja!

Note: input from a monograph by Prof. Joachim Braun.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La bonne vie", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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