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

V tesnom podvale vo t'me syroj
Zhil ja kogda-to, izmuchen nuzhdoj.
I grustnaja pesnja neslas' iz podvala
O gore, o muke mojej nebyvaloj.

Kolkhoznaja rechka, struis' veseleje;
Druz'jam peredaj moj poklon poskoreje.
Skazhi, chto v kolkhoze teper' moj dom,
Cvetushcheje derevo stoit pod oknom.

Teper' dlja menja polja rascvetajut,
Menja molokom i mjodom pitajut.
Ja schastliv, a ty rasskazhi moim brat'jam:
Kolkhoznym 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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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-02
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Word count: 89