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O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!, 'Oh, no, I beg you, do not leave!'

by Sergei Rachmaninov

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Text & Translation

O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!, 'Oh, no, I beg you, do not leave!'
Russian source: Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!
Vsja bol' nichto pered razlukoj,
Ja slishkom schastliv etoj mukoj,
Sil'nej prizhmi menja k grudi,

Skazhi ‘ljublju’. Prishjol ja vnov',
Bol'noj, izmuchennyj i blednyj.
Smotri, kakoj ja slabyj, bednyj,
Kak mne nuzhna tvoja ljubov'...

Muchenij novykh vperedi
Ja zhdu kak lasku, kak poceluja,
I ob odnom molju, toskuja:
O, bud' so mnoj, ne ukhodi!

O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!, 'Oh, no, I beg you, do not leave!'
English translation © Philip Ross Bullock

Oh no, I beg you, do not leave!
This pain is nothing when compared to separation,
Such torment makes me much too happy,
Press me closer to your breast,

Say, ‘I love you’. I have come again,
Sick, tormented and pale.
See how week I am, how poor,
How much I need your love…

New torments lie ahead,
I await them like caresses, like kisses,
Just one thing I crave and long for:
Oh stay with me, do not leave!

O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!, 'Oh, no, I beg you, do not leave!'
Russian source: Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!, 'Oh, no, I beg you, do not leave!'
English source: Philip Ross Bullock

O, net, molju, ne ukhodi!
Oh no, I beg you, do not leave!
Vsja bol' nichto pered razlukoj,
This pain is nothing when compared to separation,
Ja slishkom schastliv etoj mukoj,
Such torment makes me much too happy,
Sil'nej prizhmi menja k grudi,
Press me closer to your breast,

Skazhi ‘ljublju’. Prishjol ja vnov',
Say, ‘I love you’. I have come again,
Bol'noj, izmuchennyj i blednyj.
Sick, tormented and pale.
Smotri, kakoj ja slabyj, bednyj,
See how week I am, how poor,
Kak mne nuzhna tvoja ljubov'...
How much I need your love…

Muchenij novykh vperedi
New torments lie ahead,
Ja zhdu kak lasku, kak poceluja,
I await them like caresses, like kisses,
I ob odnom molju, toskuja:
Just one thing I crave and long for:
O, bud' so mnoj, ne ukhodi!
Oh stay with me, do not leave!

Composer

Sergei Rachmaninov

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

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