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O, esli by ozerom byl ja nočnym Op. 76 no.5


Part of a series or song cycle:

Five Songs after Hafiz (Op. 76)


O, esli by ozerom byl ja nočnym

O, esli by ozerom byl ya nochnym,
Ty lunoyu, po nem plyvushchej!
O, eslib potokom ya byl lugovym,
A ty bylinkoj, nad nim rastushchej!
O, esli by rozovym byl ya kustom,
A ty by rozoj, na nem tsvetushchej!
O, esli by sladostnym byl ya zernom,
A ty by ptichkoj ego kljushchej!
trans. Afanasy Fet

O, were I a lake

O, were I a lake at night,
And you were the moon, gliding across it!
O, were I a meadow stream,
And you were a blade of grass, growing by it!
O, were I a rosebush,
And you were a rose, blooming on it!
O, were I a sweet grain,
And you were a bird, pecking at it!

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Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov was a Russian Romantic composer.


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