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Kak mne bol'no (1902) Op. 21 no.12

Kak mne bol'no

Kak mne bol'no, kak khochetsja zhit'...
Kak svezha i dushista vesna!
Net! ne v silakh ja serdca ubit'
V `etu noch' golubuju bez sna.
Khot'-by starost' prishla poskorej,
Khot'-by inej v kudrjakh zablestel,
Chto-b ne pel dlja menja solovej,
Chtoby les dlja menja ne shumel,
Chtoby pesn' ne rvalas' iz dushi
Skvoz' sireni v shirokuju dal',
Chtoby ne bylo v `etoj tishi
Mne chego to muchitel'no zhal'!

Sorrow in springtime

How painful this is, yet how I yearn to liveā€¦
How fresh and fragrant the spring!
No! I cannot stifle my heart
On this pale blue, sleepless night.
If only old age would come more quickly,
If only the hoarfrost would gild my locks,
Would that the nightingale no longer sang for me,
Would that the forest no longer murmured for me.
Let not the song burst from my soul,
Through the lilacs to the distant horizon,
If only I did not feel such unbearable sorrow
In this silence!

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

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