by Apollon Nikolayevich Maykov (1821 - 1897)
Translation © by Lyle Neff

О чём в тиши ночей
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
О чём в тиши ночей, таинственно мечтаю,
О чём при свете дня, всечасно помышляю,
То будет тайной всем. И даже ты, мой стих,
Ты, друг мой ветреный, услада дней моих,
Тебе не передам души моей мечтанья.
А то, расскажешь ты, чей глас в ночном молчаньи
Мне слышится, чей лик я всюду нахозу, 
Чьи очи светят мне, чьё имя я твержу.

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  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , "What I secretly dream about", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ce à quoi dans le silence de la nuit", copyright © 2013, (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: 8
Word count: 60

What I secretly dream about
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
What I secretly dream about in the quiet of night,
what I think about every hour in the light of day
will be a mystery to all. And even you, my verse,
you, my windy friend, the delight of my days,
to you I will not relinquish the reveries of my soul.
But then, you will tell me whose voice in the silence of the night
I hear, whose face everywhere I find,
whose eyes shine to me, whose name I keep repeating.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-12-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 83