Translation © by Dmitri Smirnov

Мечты, мечты!
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Мечты, мечты!
Где ваша сладость?
Где ты, где ты,
Ночная радость?
Исчезнул он,
Веселый сон,
И одинокой
Во тьме глубокой
Я пробуждён!

Кругом постели
Немая ночь;
вмиг охладели,
Вмиг улетели
Толпою прочь
Любви мечтанья:
Ещё полна
Душа желанья
И ловит сна

Любовь, любовь,
[ Внемли моленья: 
Пошли мне вновь
Свои виденья, ]1
И поутру,
Вновь [упоенный,]2 
Пускай умру,
Не пробужденный.

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1 Pushkin revised this in 1817 to: "Пусть упоенный / Усну я вновь, / Обвороженный" ("Pust' upojennyj / Usnu ja vnov', / Obvorozhennyj")
2 "": "утомленный" ("utomlennyj")

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Eduard Frantsevich Nápravník.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Dmitri Smirnov) , "Awakening", copyright © 2008, (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: 27
Word count: 61

Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
O dreams, O dreams,
Where are your delights?
Oh, where are you,
The joys of night?
The joyous dream
Is vanished,
And in a deep darkness
I woke up

The deathly-still night
Surrounds my bed.
The dreams of love
Grew cold in a moment,
And flew away
As a flock of birds.
But my soul
Is still full of desires,
And catches
The memories of a dream.

O love, O love,
Listen to my prayers,
Send me again
Yours sweet visions,
And in the morning
Let me die
In ecstasy
With no awakening.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-16
Line count: 27
Word count: 94