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Noch'yu, 'Des Nachts', 'Night' (1863) VWV: 1056

Noch'yu, 'Des Nachts', 'Night'

Moj golos dlja tebja i laskovyj i tomnyj
Trevozhit pozdnoje molchan'e nochi tjomnoj.
Bliz lozha mojego pechal'naja svecha
Gorit; moi stikhi, slivajas' i zhurcha,
Tekut, ruch'i ljubvi, tekut, polny toboju.
Vo t'me tvoi glaza blistajut predo mnoju,
Mne ulybajutsja, i zvuki slyshu ja:
Moj drug, moj nezhnyj drug... ljublju... tvoja... tvoja!...


My voice, for you both tender and languid,
Disturbs the late silence of the dark night.
Near my bed a candle sadly burns;
My verses, merging and murmuring,
Flow, like streams of love, they flow, full of you.
In the gloom, and your eyes shine before me,
They smile at me, and I hear sounds:
‘My friend, my tender friend… I love you… I am yours… yours!...

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Pauline Viardot was a leading nineteenth-century French mezzo-soprano, pedagogue, and composer of Spanish descent.

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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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