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Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovene ('I remember a wondrous moment') (1840)

Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovene ('I remember a wondrous moment')

Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovene:
Peredo mnoi yavilas ty,
Kak mimolyotnoe videne,
Kak genii chistoi krasoty.
V tomlene grusti beznadezhnoi,
V trevogakh shumnoi suyety,
Zvuchal mne dolgo golos nezhnyi,
I snilis milye cherty. Shli gody.
Bur poryv myatezhnyi
Rasseyal prezhnie mechty,
I ya zabyl tvoi golos nezhnyi,
Tvoi nebesnye cherty.
V glushi, vo mrake zatochenya
Tyanulis tikho dni moi
Bez bozhestva, bez vdokhnovenya,
Bez slyoz, bez zhizni, bez lyubvi.
Dushe nastalo probushdene:
I vot opyat yavilas ty,
Kak mimolyotnoe videne,
Kak genii chistoi krasoty.
I serdtse byotsa v upoyene,
I dlya nego voskresil vnov
I bozhestvo, i vdokhnovene,
I zhizn, i slyozy, i lyubov.

Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovene ('I remember a wondrous moment')

I remember a wondrous moment:
You appeared before me,
Like some fleeing vision,
Like a genius of pure beauty.
Amidst the yearning of hopeless dejection,
And the agitation of strident vanity,
Your tender voice called out to me,
And I dreamt of your tender features.
Year passed by. The rebellious gust of storms
Scattered my former dreams,
And I forgot your tender voice,
And your heavenly features.
In solitude and gloomy isolation
My days quietly stretched out,
Deprived of divinity and inspiration,
Of tears and live and love itself.
But once again my soul awoke:
And once again you appeared,
Like some fleeing vision,
Like a genius of pure beauty.
And my heart beats in intoxication,
And divinity and inspiration,
And life and tears and love itself
Are once again returned to life.

Composer

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka was the first Russian composer to gain wide recognition within his own country, and is often regarded as the fountainhead of Russian classical music.


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Poet

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

Taken from Wikipedia. Read the full article here.


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