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Ikalos li tebe, Natsha ('Did you hiccup, Natasha')

by Sergei Rachmaninov

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Text & Translation

Ikalos li tebe, Natsha ('Did you hiccup, Natasha')
Russian source: Pyotr Andreyevich Vyazemsky

Ikalos' li tebe, Natasha,
Kogda shampanskoje ja pil
Razlichnykh vkusov, svojstv i vidov,
Razluchnykh vozrastov i sil

Kogda v voronezhskikh podvalakh
Ja zhadno pominal tebja,
Ljubja Natashu, po`etessu
Da i shampanskoje ljubja

Zdes' b'jot kastal'skij kljuch,
Pitaja nebasnoslovnoju strujoj;
Po`ezija zdes' veshch' ruchnaja;
Pjat' frankov daj i pej, i poj

Did you hiccup, Natasha
English translation © Philip Ross Bullock

Was that you hiccupping, Natasha,
As I was drinking champagne,
Champagne of various tastes and traits and types,
Of various vintages and strengths?

When in the cellars of Voronezh
I thought about you so fervently,
In love with you, Natasha, my poetess,
And in love with champagne too?

Here flows a Castalian spring,
But not one that inspires like that fabled stream;
Here poetry is craft, not art;
If you pay five francs, you can drink and sing!

Ikalos li tebe, Natsha ('Did you hiccup, Natasha')
Russian source: Pyotr Andreyevich Vyazemsky

Did you hiccup, Natasha
English source: Philip Ross Bullock

Ikalos' li tebe, Natasha,
Was that you hiccupping, Natasha,
Kogda shampanskoje ja pil
As I was drinking champagne,
Razlichnykh vkusov, svojstv i vidov,
Champagne of various tastes and traits and types,
Razluchnykh vozrastov i sil
Of various vintages and strengths?

Kogda v voronezhskikh podvalakh
When in the cellars of Voronezh
Ja zhadno pominal tebja,
I thought about you so fervently,
Ljubja Natashu, po`etessu
In love with you, Natasha, my poetess,
Da i shampanskoje ljubja
And in love with champagne too?

Zdes' b'jot kastal'skij kljuch,
Here flows a Castalian spring,
Pitaja nebasnoslovnoju strujoj;
But not one that inspires like that fabled stream;
Po`ezija zdes' veshch' ruchnaja;
Here poetry is craft, not art;
Pjat' frankov daj i pej, i poj
If you pay five francs, you can drink and sing!

Composer

Sergei Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor of the late Romantic period.

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