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Kolybel`naja pesnja, 'Lullaby' (1872) Op. 16 no.1


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Kolybel`naja pesnja, 'Lullaby'

Spi, ditja mojo, usni!
Sladkij son k sebe mani:
V njan'ki ja tebe vzjala
Veter, solnce i orla.
Uletel orjol domoj;
Solnce skrylos' pod vodoj:
Veter, posle trekh nochej,
Mchitsja k materi svojej.
Vetra sprashivajet mat':
«Gde izvolil propadat'?
Ali zvezdy vojeval?
Ali volny vsjo gonjal?»
«Ne gonjal ja voln morskikh,
Zvezd ne trogal zolotykh;
Ja ditja oberegal,
Kolybelochku kachal!»
Spi, ditja mojo, spi, usni! spi, usni!
Sladkij son k sebe mani:
V njan'ki ja tebe vzjala
Veter, solnce i orla.

Lullaby

Sleep, my child, fall asleep!
Beckon slumber’s sweetness deep:
I have summoned three nannies for you -
The wind, the sun and an eagle.
The eagle has flown home,
The sun has slipped below the water,
The wind, after three nights,
Races to its mother.
The wind’s mother asked him:
‘Where have you been hiding all this time?
Did you wage war with the stars?
Did you drive the waves away?’
‘I didn’t drive the waves of the sea away,
I touched no golden stars;
I was keeping a child safe and sound,
Rocking its little cradle!’
Sleep, my child, fall asleep!
Beckon slumber’s sweetness deep:
I have summoned three nannies for you -
The wind, the sun and an eagle.

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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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