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Snovidenije Op. 60


Nedavno, obol'shchen prelestnym snoviden'em,
V vence sijajushchem, carem ja zrel sebja;
Mechtalos', ja ljubil tebja -
I serdce bilos' naslazhden'em.
Ja strast' u nog tvoikh v vostorgakh iz"jasnjal.
Mechty! akh! otchego vy schast'ja ne prodlili?
No bogi ne vsego teper' menja lishili:
Ja tol'ko - carstvo poterjal.
Based on a text by Voltaire -
‘À Madame la Princesse Ulrique de Prusse’
- translated by Pushkin

Of late, enslaved by a marvellous dream

Of late, enslaved by a marvellous dream,
I pictured myself a king in a radiant crown;
I dreamt I loved you -
And my heart raced with delight.
Enraptured, I poured forth my passion
at your feet.
Dreams! Oh why did you not prolong such happiness?
But the gods did not deny me everything:
All I lost was my kingdom.

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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

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