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To bylo ranneju vesnoj ('It was early spring') (1878) Op. 38 no.2

To bylo ranneju vesnoj ('It was early spring')

To bylo ranneju vesnoj,
trava edva vschodila,
ruč'i tekli, ne paril znoj,
i zelen' rošč skvozila;
Truba pastuš'ja poutru
eščë ne pela zvonko,
i v zavitkach eščë v boru,
byl paporotnik tonkij;
To bylo ranneju vesnoj,
v teni berëz to bylo,
kogda s ulybkoj predo mnoj
ty oči opustila...
To na ljubov' moju v otvet
ty opustila veždy!
O žizn'! o, les! o, solnca svet!
O, junost'! o, nadeždy!
I plakal ja pered toboj,
na lik tvoj gljadja milyj;
to bylo ranneju vesnoj,
v teni berëz to bylo!
To bylo v utro našich let!
O, sčast'e! o slëzy!
o, les! o, žizn'! o, solnca svet!
O, svežij duch berëzy!

It was early spring

It was in the early spring,
The grass had barely begun to grow,
The streams were flowing, the air was mild,
And the groves were flecked with green.
The shepherd’s horn
Did not yet ring out in the morning,
And in the pinewood, the slender fern
Was yet to unfurl itself fully;
It was in the early spring,
It was in the shade of birch trees,
When standing before me, smiling,
You lowered your eyes…
It was in answer to my love
That you cast down your gaze –
Oh life! Oh woods! Oh sunlight!
Oh youth! Oh hopes!
And I shed tears before you,
Looking after your tender face –
It was in the early spring,
It was in the shade of birch trees!
It was in the morning of our days!
O happiness! O tears!
O woods! O life! O sunlight!
O fresh scent of the birch tree

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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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