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Не скажу никому
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Не скажу никому,
Отчего я весной
По полям и лугам
Не сбираю цветов.

Та весна далеко!
Те завяли цветы
Из которых я с ним
Завивала венки!

И тех нет [уж и]1 дней,
Что летели стрелой,
Что любовью нас жгли,
Что палили огнем!

Все прошло уж давно…
Не воротишь назад!..
Для чего ж без него
Цветы стану я рвать?..

Не скажу никому,
Отчего у меня
Тяжело на груди
Злая грусть налегла.

A. Dargomyzhsky sets stanzas 1-3, 5

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1 Dargomyzhsky: "уже" ("uzhe")

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 70

I won't tell anyone
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
I won't tell anyone 
why in spring
I'm not gathering flowers 
in the fields and meadows.

That spring is distant now; 
the flowers that I once wove
into wreaths with him
have wilted.

And those days are simply over, 
have flown past like arrows,
when love entwined us 
and burned like fire!

Everything has been over for a long time...
You can't return!
Without him, why 
pick flowers?

I won't tell anyone 
why I have 
a weight on my chest, 
a cruel grief oppressing me.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 85