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Ne zazhigaj ognja! (1894) Op. 38

Part of a series or song cycle:

Six Romances (Op. 38)

Ne zazhigaj ognja!

Ne zazhigai ognya, vo mgle dushistoi nochi
Otradno mne s toboi sidet’ naedine,
Vzglyani, kak zvyozdy nam, nebes dalyokikh ochi,
Privet svoi tyoplyi shlyut, mertsaya v vyshine.
Ne zazhigai ognya, so svetom k nam nakhlynet
Znakomaya toska bestsel’noi suety,
Ischeznet svetlyi son i schast’e nas pokinet…
Ne zazhigai ognya, ne otgonyai mechty…!

Do not light the candles

Do not light the candles, in the darkness of the fragrant night
It is a delight for me to sit alone with you,
Just look – the stars, the eyes of the far-off heavens,
Send down on us their kindly greeting, flickering in the heights.
Do not light the candles, as their light will bring down on us
The familiar melancholy of futile vanity,
Radiant sleep will disappear and happiness will flee…
Do not light the candles, do not drive away our dreams..!

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Anton Arensky was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

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