Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Пленившись розой, соловей
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE
Пленившись розой, соловей
И день и ночь поёт над ней;
[Но роза молча песням внемлет...]1
[Невинный сон её объемлет... ]2
На лире так певец иной
Поёт для девы молодой;
[Он страстью пламенной сгорает,]3
А дева милая не знает --
[Кому поёт он? отчего]4
Печальны песни так его?...

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1 omitted by Artsybushev
2 omitted by Artsybushev and Rimsky-Korsakov.
3 omitted by Rimsky-Korsakov
4 Artsybushev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein: "Кому поёт и отчего" ("Komu pojot i otchego")

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) (William Stigand, né Stigant) , "The nightingale and the rose"
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "A nightingale", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sergey Rybin) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Amanda Cole) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le rossignol", 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: 10
Word count: 46

Le rossignol
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Captivé par la rose, le rossignol
Chante jour et nuit au-dessus d'elle ;
Mais la rose écoute en silence son chant...
Plongée dans son rêve innocent
Et ainsi avec sa lyre un certain chanteur
Chante à une jeune fille ;
Il brûle d'une passion ardente,
Mais sa bien-aimée ne sait pas
À qui il chante et pourquoi
Ses chants sont si mélancoliques.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-03-19
Line count: 10
Word count: 62