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Otchego, skazhi, dusha-devica ('Tell me, why, dear maiden') (1858)

Otchego, skazhi, dusha-devica ('Tell me, why, dear maiden')

Otchego, skazhi, dusha-devica,
ty sidish' teper' prigorjunilas'
i bezmolvnaja na dorozhen'ku
ty, vzdokhnuv, gljadish' ne nasmotrish'sja?
Il' s toboj pri tebe netu milogo,
il' ostyla v nem krov' gorjachaja,
ili ty jemu uzh naskuchila,
il' zabyl tebja tvoj serdechnyj drug?
Net, moj milyj drug ne zabyl menja
i ne to shchemit serdce bednoje,
a ja milova v dal'nu storonu,
v put'-dorozhen'ku snarjazhaju ja,
a ja milova v dal'nu storonu,
v put'-dorozhen'ku snarjazhaju ja.

Tell me, why, dear maiden

Tell me, oh beautiful maiden,
Why you are sitting there so sorrowfully,
Silently gazing at the road,
Sighing and gazing endlessly?
Is it because your beloved is not nearby,
Or has his ardent blood run cold?
Or has he grown bored of you?
Or has he forgotten you, your heart’s desire?
No, my dear friend has not forgotten me,
That’s not what makes my poor heart ache,
It is because I am dressing him for a long journey,
For a long journey to far-off lands,
It is because I am dressing him for a long journey,
For a long journey to far-off lands.

Composer

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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