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Gde ty, zvjozdochka ('Where art thou, little star? ') (1857)

Gde ty, zvjozdochka ('Where art thou, little star? ')

Gde ty, zvjozdochka, akh, gde ty, jasnaja?
Il' zatmilasja tuchej mrachnoju?
Gde ty, devica, gde ty, krasnaja?
Il' pokinula druga milogo?
I ja s goresti, so ljutoj toski,
Pojdu vo pole, pole chistoje,
Ne uvizhu li jasnoj zvezdochki,
Ja ne vstrechu li krasnoj devicy?
Tucha chjornaja skryla zvjozdochku,
Zemlja khladnaja vzjala devicu.

Where art thou, little star?

Where are you, little star, oh where are you, my bright one?
Have you gone behind a gloomy cloud?
Where are you, fair maiden, where are you, my fair one?
Have you forsaken your beloved?
And so with woe and cruel pain,
I shall go out into the field, the open field,
Will I not see there my little bright star?
Will I not encounter there my fair young maid?
A black cloud has hidden my little star,
The cold earth has taken my fair maid.

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881) was a Russian composer. He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other national themes.

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