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Stolby (1921) Op. 36

Part of a series or song cycle:

Five Balmont Poems (Op. 36)


Pri more čërnom stojat stolby.
Stolby iz kamnja. Čislo ich vosem’.
Prichodjat často sjuda raby.
I sonmy junych nesut groby.
Blednejut zimy. I šepčet osen’.
Poroj i zveri sjuda dojdut.
Poroj primčitsja sjuda i ptica.
I zatoskujut. Čto delat’ tut?
Pojdut, zabrodjat i upadut,
I upadut, ustav stremit’sja,
Ustav kružit’sja.
Pri more čërnom stojat stolby.
Ot dnej dodnevnych. Čislo ich grozno.
Čislo ich vešče sred’ čisl sud’by.
I ich značen’e na krik mol’by:
„Navek. Bezglasnost’.‟
„Pozdno. Pozdno.‟


Columns stand by the black sea.
Stone columns. There are eight of them in number.
Slaves often come here,
And hosts of youths carrying coffins.
The winters grow pale. And autumn whispers.
Sometimes even beasts come this far.
Sometimes even a bird flies swiftly in.
And they are oppressed by sadness. Why are they here?
The come, they wander here and fall to the ground,
They fall, weary from their efforts,
Weary from their wanderings.
Columns stand by the black sea.
From time immemorial. A terrifying number of them.
There number is prophetic ‘midst the numbers of fate.
And entreating cries convey their meaning:
‘For ever. Silence.’
‘Too late. Too late.’

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.

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Konstantin Dmitriyevich Balmont was a Russian symbolist poet and translator. 

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