by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation Singable translation © by Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov (b. 1948)

Love seeketh not itself to please
Language: English 
Available translation(s): RUS
"Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."

So sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

"Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite."

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  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , title 1: "Комок и камень", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Комок и камень
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the English 
“Любовь живёт не для себя,
Она помочь другому рада,
И всё отдав ему любя,
Построит Рай в темнице Ада,” –

Так пел из под коровьих ног
Раздавленный Комочек зыбкий,
Но Камень, прыгнув в ручеёк,
Так отвечал ему с улыбкой:

“Любовь лишь для себя живёт,
Забот и горести не зная,
Чужое счастье разобьёт
И Ад построит в кущах Рая.”

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Text added to the website: 2008-01-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:34
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