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Uzh ty, niva moja, nivushka (1890) Op. 4 no.5

Uzh ty, niva moja, nivushka

Uzh ty, niva moja, nivushka,
Ne skosit' tebja s makhu jedinogo,
Ne svjazat' tebja vsju vo jedinyj snop!
Uzh vy, dumy moi, dumushki,
Ne strjakhnut' vas razom s plech doloj,
Odnoj rech'ju-to vas ne vyskazat'!
Po tebe-l', niva, veter razgulival,
Gnul kolos'ja tvoi do-zemli,
Zrely zerna-vse razmetyval!
Shiroko vy, dumy, porassypalis',
Kuda pala kakaja dumushka.
Tam vskhodila ljuta pechal'-trava,
Vyrostalo gore gorjucheje.

The harvest of sorrow

Oh you, my field, dearest field of mine,
You are not to be mowed at a single stroke,
You are not to be bound up in a single sheaf!
Oh you, my thoughts, dearest thoughts of mine,
You are not to be shaken off with just one shrug,
You are not to be expressed in just one telling!
You, oh field, have you not been battered by the wind,
Which forced your ears of grain down to the ground,
And scattered your ripe grain in all directions!
Wherever a thought should fall,
There a sorrowful blade of grass would sprout,
Breeding the bitterest misery.

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Composer

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


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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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