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Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless' (1897) Op. 41 no.1

Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless'

Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda,
Kak slezno luch mertsaet tvoy vsegda,
Kak temnota pri nyom yeshcho temney.
Kak on pokhozh na radost' prezhnikh dney!
Tak svetil proshloe nam v zhiznennoy nochi,
No uzh ne greyut nas bessil'nye luchi,
Zvezda minuvshego, tyî v gore mne vidna,
Vidna, no daleka, svetla, no kholodna.

Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless'

Sun of the sleepless! Melancholy star!
Whose tewful beam glows tremulously far,
That show'st the darkness thou canst not dispel,
How like thou arl to joy rememher'd well!
So gleams the past, the light of other days,
Which shines, but warms not with its powerless rays;
A night-beam Sorrow watcheth to behold,
Distinct but distant—clear, but oh how cold!

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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

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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Translation:

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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