Translation © by Shawn Thuris

Христос воскрес
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Христос воскрес
поют во храме;
Но грустно мне...
душа молчит.
Мир полон кровью и слезами,
И этот гимн пред алтарями
Так оскорбительно звучит.

Когда-б Он был меж нас и видел,
Чего достиг наш славный век,
Как брата брат возненавидел,
Как опозорен человек,
И если б здесь, 
в блестящем храме
Христос воскрес
Он услыхал,
Какими б горькими слезами,
Перед толпой
Он, зарыдал!

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  • ENG English (Shawn Thuris) , "Christ is risen", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 61

Christ is risen
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
"Christ is risen"
they sing in church.
Yet I am sad...
my soul is silent.
The world is steeped in blood and tears,
and so this hymn before the altars
sounds like an insult.

Were He present among us to see
what our glorious age has achieved --
how brother comes to hate his brother,
and how shameful is mankind --
and if,
within the shining church,
this "Christ is risen"
He were to hear,
what bitter tears
before the crowd
would He sob!


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This text was added to the website: 2005-04-27
Line count: 18
Word count: 82