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Blagoslovlyayu vas, lesa ('I bless you, Forests') (1880) Op. 47 no.5

Blagoslovlyayu vas, lesa ('I bless you, Forests')

Blagoslovlyayu vas, lesa, doliny, nivy, gory, vody,
Blagoslovlyayu ya svobodu i golubye nebesa!
I posokh moy blagoslovlyayu, i etu bednuyu sumu,
I step ot krayu i da krayu,
I solntsa svet, i nochi tmu.
I odinokuyu tropinku, po koyei, nishchy, ya idu,
I v pole kazhduyu bylinku,
I v nebe kazhduyu zvezdu!
O, esli b mokh vsyu zhizn smeshat ya,
Vsyu dushu v meste s vami slyt!
O, esli b mokh v moi obyatya!
Ya vas, vragi, druzya i bratya, i vsyu prirodu,
I vsyu prirodu v moyi obyatya zaklyuchit!

I bless you, Forests

I bless you, forests, valleys, cornfields, mountains, waters,
I bless freedom and blue skies!
And I bless my staff, and this poor knapsack,
And the steppe that reaches in all directions,
And the sun’s light and the night’s darkness,
And the solitary path along which I, a pauper, walk,
And each blade of grass in the field,
And each star in the sky!
Oh, if only I could merge all of life,
All of my soul with you,
Oh, if only I could hold you all,
My enemies, friends and brothers,
And all of nature in my embraces!

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Composer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. His works are still among the most popular music in the classical repetoire, and he is widely acknowledged as the first Russian composer to make a lasting international impression.

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Poet

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy.

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