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Kak noch' temna

Language: Russian

Kak noch' temna, kak mrachen sad,
Kak veter alobno rydajet,
Kak tvoj pechalnyj,
Milyj vzgljad toskoj mne serdce nadryvajet!

I vsjo bledn tvoj nezhnyj lik,
I tish' narushit' my ne smejem...
A gody mchatsa mig,
i bezvozvratno my strejem;

I mnitsa nam chto vchera
otkrylas' k zhizni nam doroga.
A smert' uzh shepchet nam; ,,Pora!``
A smert' stuchitsa u poroga.

Translation(s): ENG

Submitted by Jennifer Gliere

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , "How dark is the night", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-09-07.

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How dark is the night

Language: English

How dark is the night, how gloomy is the garden,
How plaintively the wind howls,
How your dear, sorrowful glance
Tears my heart with longing!

And your sweet face grows ever paler,
And we do not dare to break the silence....
But the years rush past in a moment,
And we grow ever older.

And it seems to us that only yesterday
The road to love was opened up to us.
But Death already whispers, "It's time!"
And Death knocks at the door.

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