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Ya bil u ney (1894) Op. 14 no.4

Ya bil u ney

Ya by'l u nej; ona skazala:
,,Lyublyu tebya, moj mily'j drug!``
No e`tu tajnu ot podrug
xranit` mne strogo zaveshhala.
Ya by'l u nej, na prelest` zlata
Klyalas` menya ne promenyat`;
Ko mne lish` strastiyu py'lat`,
Menya lyubit`, lyubit`, kak brata.
Ya by'l u nej; ya vechno budu
S eyo dushoj dushoyu zhit`.
Puskaj ona mne izmenit`,
No ya izmennikom ne budu.

I came to her

I came to her, and she said:
‘I love you, my dear friend!’
But she bad me solemnly
To keep this secret from her girlfriends.
I came to her, and she vowed
Never to forsake me for love of gold;
To burn with passion for me alone,
To love me, love me as a brother.
I came to her, and I will live for ever,
My soul deep in hers.
She may betray me if she will,
But I will never be a traitor.

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

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