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V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted' (1882) Op. 26 no.1

V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted'

V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy
Tyi zhizn' yu druga nazvala:
Privet bestsenny, yesli b vechno
Zhivaya molodost' tsvela.
K mogile vsyo letît streloyu,
I tyi, menya laskaya vnov',
Zovi ne zhizn'yu a dushoyu,
Bessmertnoy, kak moya lyubov'.

ln moments to delight devoted

ln moments to delight devoted,
My life!' with tendrest tone, you cry;
Dear words! on which my heart had doted,
If youth couId neither fade nor die.
To death even hours like these must roll,
Ah! then repeat those accents never;
Or change 'my life!' into 'my soul!'
Which, like my love, exists for ever.

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Composer

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, best know for his orchestral compositions and his symphonic suite Scheherazade. He believed in developing a nationalistic style of classical music, and was influenced by Russian folk song and lore.

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Poet


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George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS , commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty".

Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read and influential. He travelled widely across Europe, especially in Italy where he lived for seven years. Later in life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which many Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died in 1824 at the young age of 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi. Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in life for his aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs - with men as well as women, as well as rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister - and self-imposed exile.

He also fathered Ada, Countess of Lovelace, whose work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine is considered a founding document in the field of computer science, and Allegra Byron, who died in childhood — as well as, possibly, Elizabeth Medora Leigh out of wedlock.

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