Translation © by Sergey Rybin

В четырёх стенах
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER GER
Комнатка тесная, тихая, милая,
Тень непроглядная, тень безответная,
Дума глубокая, песня унылая,
В бьющемся сердце надежда заветная

Быстрый полёт за мгновеньем мгновения,
Взор неподвижный на счастье далёкое,
Много сомнения, много терпения,
Вот она, ночь моя, ночь одинокая.

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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 (Sergey Rybin) , "Within four walls", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Entre quatre murs", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Frieder Anders) , "In den vier Wänden", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Zwischen vier Wänden", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

Within four walls
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
A tiny room, quiet and pleasant, 
An impenetrable darkness, irresponsive darkness;
A deep thought, a sorrowful song;
A treasured hope in the beating heart;

Speedy flight of moment after moment;
A petrified glance at a far-away happiness;
Plenty of doubt, plenty of endurance.
Here it is, my night, night of solitude.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 51