Translation © by Laura Prichard

Не ветер, вея с высоты
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Не ветер, вея с высоты,
Листов коснулся ночью лунной.
Моей души коснулась ты.
Она тревожна, как листы,
Она, как гусли, многострунна.

Житейский вихрь её терзал
И сокрушительным набегом,
Свистя и воя, струны рвал
И заносил холодным снегом.

Твоя же речь ласкает слух,
Твоё легко прикосновенье,
Как от цветов летящий пух,
Как майской ночи дуновенье.

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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:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Jules Ruelle (1834 - 1892) ; composed by Akhilles Nikolayevich Alferaki.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by G. Jorissenne ; composed by Nikolay Vladimirovich Shcherbachev.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by R. Jurgenson ; composed by Nikolai Nikolayevich Amani.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by S. Gentile ; composed by Nikolai Nikolayevich Amani.

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "It was not the wind", copyright © 2013, (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 n'est pas le vent qui souffle des hauteurs", 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: 13
Word count: 54

It was not the wind
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
It was not the wind, blowing from the heights, 
That touched the leaves on a moonlit night.
My soul was touched by you.
It trembled, like leaves;
It, like a harp, is many-stringed.

I was bedeviled by everyday maelstroms
And crushing invasions,
Whistling and howling, it tore the strings
And buried everything under cold snow.

Your voice caresses my ear,
Your touch is light,
Like a floating flower petals,
Like the air of a May night.

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  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2013 by Laura Prichard, (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: 2013-04-23
Line count: 13
Word count: 76