Translation © by Laura Prichard

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...
[Невинный сон её объемлет... ]1
На лире так певец иной
Поёт для девы молодой;
[Он страстью пламенной сгорает,]1
А дева милая не знает --
[Кому поёт он? отчего]2
Печальны песни так его?...

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1 omitted by Rimsky-Korsakov.
2 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)

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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

A nightingale
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
Infatuated by a rose, a nightingale
Sings over it day and night;
But the rose listens to his song silently ...

With his lyre, a certain singer
Sings to a young maid;

But the sweet maid does not know --
To whom he sings; and why
Does his song sound so sad?...

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This text was added to the website: 2013-04-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 51