by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Samuil Yakovlevich Marschak (1887 - 1964)

When I do count the clock that tells the...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silvered o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer's green all girded up in sheaves,
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
  And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
  Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-08
Line count: 14
Word count: 118

Когда часы мне говорят, что свет
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the English 
Когда часы мне говорят, что свет
Потонет скоро в грозной тьме ночной,
Когда фиалки вянет нежный цвет
И тёмный локон блещет сединой,
Когда листва несется вдоль дорог,
В полдневный зной хранившая стада,
И нам кивает с погребальных дрог
Седых снопов густая борода, --
Я думаю о красоте твоей,
О том, что ей придётся отцвести,
Как всем цветам лесов, лугов, полей,
Где новое готовится расти.
Но если смерти серп неумолим,
Оставь потомков, чтобы спорить с ним!

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2007-10-12
Line count: 14
Word count: 74