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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Xoroshaya zhizn`
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the Yiddish (יידיש) 
Available translation(s): FRE
O pole prostornom, druz`ya dorogie,
Pesen ne pel ya v gody' gluxie.
Ne dlya menya polya rasczvetali,
Ne dlya menya rosinki stekali.

V tesnom podvale vo t`me sy'roj
Zhil ya kogda-to, izmuchen nuzhdoj.
I grustnaya pesnya neslas` iz podvala
O gore, o muke moej neby'valoj.

Kolxoznaya rechka, struis` veselee;
Druz`yam peredaj moj poklon poskoree.
Skazhi, chto v kolxoze teper` moj dom,
Czvetushhee derevo stoit pod oknom.

Teper` dlya menya polya rasczvetayut,
Menya molokom i myodom pitayut.
YA schastliv, a ty' rasskazhi moim brat`yam:
Kolxozny'm polyam budu pesni slagat` ya!

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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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-02
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Word count: 89