by Nikolai Porfiryevich Grekov (1810 - 1866)
Translation © by Erin Franklin

Где ты, звёздочка?
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE GER GER
Где ты, звёздочка, ах, где ты, ясная?
Иль затмилася тучей [мрачною]1?
Где ты, девица, где ты, красная?
Иль покинула друга милого?2

И я с горести, со лютой тоски,
Пойду во поле, поле чистое,
Не увижу ли ясной звездочки,
Я не встречу ли красной девицы?

Туча чёрная скрыла звёздочку,
Земля хладная взяла девицу.

M. Musorgsky sets stanzas 1, 3

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1 Musorgsky: "чёрною, тучей чёрною, тучей мрачною" ("chjornoju, tuchej chjornoju, tuchej mrachnoju")
2 Musorgsky adds "Друга милого, ненаглядного" ("Druga milogo, nenagljadnogo?")

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Erin Franklin) , "Where are you little star?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , "Where are you, little star?", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Où es-tu, petite étoile ?", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Frieder Anders) , "Wo bist du, Sternlein?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Sternlein, wo bist du?", copyright © 2018, (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: 10
Word count: 52

Where are you little star?
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Where are you, little star, ah, where are you bright one?
Did you darken with clouds [gloomy]?
Where are you, darling girl, where are you, beautiful one?
Did you flee to a  dear friend?

And I with grief, with terrible depression,
I will go to a field, a field clean,
will I not see a bright star,
will I not meet a beautiful darling girl?

Clouds black hide the little star,
The earth cold took the darling girl.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-03
Line count: 10
Word count: 78