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Translation © by Lyle Neff

Если жизнь тебя обманет
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Если жизнь тебя обманет,
Не печалься, не сердись,
В день уныния смирись:
День веселья верь, настанет.

Сердце в будущем живёт;
Настоящее уныло;
Всё мгновенно, всё пройдёт;
Что пройдёт, то будет мило.

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  • ENG English (Lyle Neff) , "If life deceives you", copyright © 2012, (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: 31

If life deceives you
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
If life deceives you,
Do not mourn, do not be angry,
On the day of dismay, resign youself:
Believe a day of merriment will come.

The heart lives in the future;
The present is dismal;
All things are momentary, all things will pass;
What will pass will be nice.


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2012 by Lyle Neff, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-12-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 49