by Samuil Borisovich Bolotin (1901 - 1970)
Translation © by Tom Kennedy

Первая встреча
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ты у ручья воды мне дала когдато,
Свежей воды, холодной,
как снег в ущельях синих гор.
Ночи темней твой взор,
в косах аромат лепестков дикой мяты... 
Видишь, опять кружит хоровод,
Бубен гремит, звенит и поёт.
Каждый танцор подружку ведёт,
смотрит на них, любуясь, народ. 
Бей, мой бубен бей, греми, будто гром!
С милою моей мы танцуем вдвоём.
Лента на тебе небес голубей!
Бей, мой бубен, бей! Бубен, бей! Бубен бей! 
Мне не забыть вовек этой первой встречи,
Ласковых слов и смуглой руки,
и блеска чёрных глаз...
Понял я в этот час,
что тебя люблю и любить буду вечно!

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  • ENG English (Tom Kennedy) , title 1: "First meeting", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Première rencontre", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Tom Kennedy

This text was added to the website: 2009-06-25
Line count: 18
Word count: 98

First meeting
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Once, you gave me water from a stream
Fresh water, cold
Like snow in ravines of blue mountains
You gaze was darker than night
In your plaits the aroma of wild-mint petals 
See, the round-dance turns once more
The tambourine roars, rings and sings
Each dancer comes with his partner
People watch them admiringly 
Beat, my tambourine, beat, roar like thunder
My sweetheart and I dance together
Her ribbon is bluer than the sky
Beat, my tambourine, beat! 
I will never forget that first meeting
Your tender words and dusky arms
And gleaming black eyes
In that hour I knew
that I would love you and be loved by you forever


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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-25
Line count: 18
Word count: 111