Sergei Rachmaninoff: Сирень, Op. 21 no. 5 (Lilac)

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COMPOSER: Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
TITLE: Сирень (no. 5 from 12 Romances, Op. 21, “Lilac”)
POET: Ekaterina Beketova (1855-1892)
LANGUAGE: Russian
INCIPIT: По утру, на заре

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION

At the red of the dawn,
O’er the dewspangled lawn,
Where I meet the new day like a kiss,
In the sweet, fragrant shade
By the lilac trees made,
There I wander in search of my bliss…

For one joy, one alone,
Fate has giv’n as mine own,
And it dwells in yon fair lilac bow’r;
In its bright branches green,
In its thick, perfumed screen
There my one poor lost joy breaks in flow’r.

Singable translation by Rosa Harriet Jeaffreson Newmarch (1857-1940)