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O, dolgo budu ja, v molchan'i nochi tajnoj ('In the silence of the secret night') Op. 4 no.3

Part of a series or song cycle:

Six Romances (Op. 4)

O, dolgo budu ja, v molchan'i nochi tajnoj ('In the silence of the secret night')

O, dolgo budu ja, v molchan'i nochi tajnoj,
Kovarnyj lepet tvoj, ulybku, vzor sluchajnyj,
Perstam poslushnuju volos gustuju prjad',
Iz myslej izgonjat', i snova prizyvat';
Dysha poryvisto, odin, nikem ne zrimyj,
Dosady i styda rumjanami palimyj,
Iskat' khotja odnoj zagadochnoj cherty
V slovakh, kotorye proiznosila ty;
Sheptat' i popravljat' bylye vyrazhen'ja
Rechej moikh s toboj, ispolnennykh smushchen'ja,
I v op'janenii, naperekor umu,
Zavetnym imenem budit' nochnuju mglu.

In the silence of the secret night

Oh, long will I, in the silence of the mysterious night,
Chase from my thoughts and then call up again
Your artful chatter, your smile, your casual glance,
The thick tresses of your hair, so pliant in my fingers;
Breathing fitfully, alone, unseen by anybody else,
Burning with the glow of vexation and of shame,
I shall seek out the slightest hint of mystery
In the words you uttered;
I shall whisper and improve upon the past expressions
Of things I once said to you, things full of bashfulness,
And intoxicated, against all reason,
I shall wake night’s darkness with your cherished name.

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

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