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Ja li v pole da ne travushka ('Was I not a blade of grass in the field?') (1880) Op. 47 no.7

Ja li v pole da ne travushka ('Was I not a blade of grass in the field?')

Ja li v pole da ne travushka byla,
Ja li v pole ne zelenaja rosla;
Vzjali menja, travushku, skosili,
Na solnyshke v pole issushili.
Okh, ty, gore moje, gorjushko!
Znat' takaja moja doljushka!
Ja li v pole ne kalinushka byla,
Ja li v pole da ne krasnaja rosla;
Vzjali kalinushku, slomali,
Da v zhgutiki menja posvjazali!
Okh, ty, gore moje, gorjushko!
Znat' takaja moja doljushka!
Ja l' u batjushki ne dochen'ka byla,
U rodimoj ne cvetochek ja rosla;
Nevolej menja, bednuju, vzjali,
Da s nemilym, sedym povenchali!
Okh, ty, gore moje, gorjushko!
Znat' takaja moja doljushka!

Was I not a blade of grass in the field?

Was I not a blade of grass in the field,
Did I not grow, all green, in the field?
They took me, blade of grass, and cut me down,
The left me out to dry in the field under the sun.
Oh you, oh woe of mine, miserable woe!
Such is my lot in life!
Was I not a guelder rose in the field,
Did I not grow, my berries red, in the field?
They took the rose bush and cut it down
And tied me up in a bunch of twigs!
Oh you, oh woe of mine, miserable woe!
Such is my lot in life!
Was I not my father’s little daughter,
Did I not grow up as my mother’s little flower?
They took me against me will, poor girl,
And married me off to a grey old man I didn’t love!
Oh you, oh woe of mine, miserable woe!
Such is my lot in life!

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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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