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Primiren'e ('Reconciliation')

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Text & Translation

Primiren'e ('Reconciliation')
Russian source: Nikolay Fyodorovich Shcherbina

O, zasni, mojo serdce, gluboko!
Ne budi: - ne probudish', chto bylo,
Ne zovi, chto umchalos' daljoko,
Ne ljubi, chto ty prezhde ljubilo...
Pust' nadezhdoj i lzhivoj mechtoj
Ne smutitsja tvoj son i pokoj!

Dlja tebja nevozvratno byloje,
Na grjadushcheje net upovan'ja...
Ty ne znalo v blazhenstve pokoja,
Uspokojsja zh na lozhe stradan'ja,
I starajsja ne pomnit' zimoj,
Kak sryvalo ty rozy vesnoj!

Oh sleep, my heart, sleep deeply!
English translation © Philip Ross Bullock

Oh sleep, my heart, sleep deeply!
Do not try to wake the past,
Do not summon what has fled far away,
Do not love what you once loved…
Let not hope and vain dreams
Trouble your sleep and rest!

You cannot bring back the past,
And the future holds no consolation…
Bliss offered you no restfulness,
So take solace on the couch of suffering,
And try not to recall in winter,
How you gathered roses in spring!

Primiren'e ('Reconciliation')
Russian source: Nikolay Fyodorovich Shcherbina

Oh sleep, my heart, sleep deeply!
English source: Philip Ross Bullock

O, zasni, mojo serdce, gluboko!
Oh sleep, my heart, sleep deeply!
Ne budi: - ne probudish', chto bylo,
Do not try to wake the past,
Ne zovi, chto umchalos' daljoko,
Do not summon what has fled far away,
Ne ljubi, chto ty prezhde ljubilo...
Do not love what you once loved…
Pust' nadezhdoj i lzhivoj mechtoj
Let not hope and vain dreams
Ne smutitsja tvoj son i pokoj!
Trouble your sleep and rest!

Dlja tebja nevozvratno byloje,
You cannot bring back the past,
Na grjadushcheje net upovan'ja...
And the future holds no consolation…
Ty ne znalo v blazhenstve pokoja,
Bliss offered you no restfulness,
Uspokojsja zh na lozhe stradan'ja,
So take solace on the couch of suffering,
I starajsja ne pomnit' zimoj,
And try not to recall in winter,
Kak sryvalo ty rozy vesnoj!
How you gathered roses in spring!

Composer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. His works are still among the most popular music in the classical repetoire, and he is widely acknowledged as the first Russian composer to make a lasting international…

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