Songs

Zdes' khorosho, 'How fair this spot'

by Sergei Rachmaninov

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Zdes' khorosho, 'How fair this spot'
Russian source: Glafira Adol'fovna Galina

Zdes' khorosho... Vzgljani, vdali
Ognjom gorit reka;
Cvetnym kovrom luga legli,
Belejut oblaka.

Zdes' net ljudej... Zdes' tishina...
Zdes' tol'ko Bog da ja.
Cvety, da staraja sosna,
Da ty, mechta moja!

How fair is the spot
English translation © Philip Ross Bullock

How fair this spot.. Just look, there in the distance
The river is ablaze;
The meadows are like a radiant carpet,
And the clouds are white.

There is nobody here… here silence reigns…
Here I am alone with God.
And the flowers, and the old pine tree,
And you, my dream!…

Zdes' khorosho, 'How fair this spot'
Russian source: Glafira Adol'fovna Galina

How fair is the spot
English source: Philip Ross Bullock

Zdes' khorosho... Vzgljani, vdali
How fair this spot.. Just look, there in the distance
Ognjom gorit reka;
The river is ablaze;
Cvetnym kovrom luga legli,
The meadows are like a radiant carpet,
Belejut oblaka.
And the clouds are white.

Zdes' net ljudej... Zdes' tishina...
There is nobody here… here silence reigns…
Zdes' tol'ko Bog da ja.
Here I am alone with God.
Cvety, da staraja sosna,
And the flowers, and the old pine tree,
Da ty, mechta moja!
And you, my dream!…

Composer

Sergei Rachmaninov

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

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