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Kogda bi zhizn domashnim krugom

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Eugene Onegin


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky




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Yevgeny Onyegin





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Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Vy mne pisali... Kogda by zhizn (Japan 2005)

Singer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Vy mne pisali... Kogda by zhizn domashnim krugom
You wrote to me... Had I wished to be bound by domestic life
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Вы мне писали, не отпирайтесь.
Я прочёл души доверчивой признанья,
любви невинной излиянья;
мне ваша искренность мила!
Она в волненье привела
давно умолкнувшие чувства.
Но вас хвалить я не хочу;
я за неё вам отплачу
признаньем также без искусства.
Примите ж исповедь мою,
себя на суд вам отдаю!

Когда бы жизнь домашним кругом
я ограничить захотел,
когда б мне быть отцом, супругом
приятный жребий повелел,
то верно б, кроме вас одной,
невесты не искал иной.
Но я не создан для блаженства,
ему чужда душа моя.
Напрасны ваши совершенства,
их вовсе не достоин я.
Поверьте - совесть в том порукой, -
супружество нам будет мукой.
Я, сколько ни любил бы вас,
привыкнув, разлюблю тотчас.
Судите ж вы, какие розы
нам заготовит Гименей,
и, может быть, на много дней!
Мечтам и годам нет возврата,
ах, нет возврата;
не обновлю души моей!
Я вас люблю любовью брата,
любовью брата,
иль, может быть, ещё сильней,
иль, может быть, иль, может быть, ещё, ещё нежней!
Послушайте ж меня без гнева:
сменит не раз младая дева
мечтами, мечтами лёгкие мечты.

You wrote to me.
Don't deny it. I have read
the avowal of a trusting heart,
the outpouring of an innocent love;
your candour touched me deeply.
It has stirred
feelings long since dormant.
I won't commend you for this,
But I will repay you
with an equally guileless avowal.
Hear my confession,
then judge me as you will!

If I wished to pass my life
within the confines of the family circle,
and a kindly fate had decreed for me
the role of husband and father,
then, most like, I would not choose
any other bride than you.
But I was not made for wedded bliss,
it is foreign to my soul,
your perfections are vain,
I am quite unworthy of them.
Believe me, I give you my word,
marriage would be a torment for us.
No matter how much I loved you,
habit would kill that love.
Judge what a thorny bed of roses
Hymen would prepare for us,
and, perhaps, to be endured at length!
One cannot return to dreams and youth,
I cannot renew my soul!
I love you with a brother's love,
a brother's love
or, perhaps, more than that!
Perhaps, perhaps more than that!
Listen to me without getting angry,
more than once will a girl exchange
one passing fancy for another.

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You wrote to me
Do not deny it, I have read
The confession of an honest soul,
The claim of an innocent love
Your sincerity is dear to me
For it, I shall repay you
By also telling the truth
Straight as it is
So accept this confession
I submit myself to your judgement.

Had I wished to limit my life with a burden of family,
Had I been granted a good fortune to be a father or a husband,
Then, having met you, I would look no further
But I was not created for such indulgences
My soul is not open to them,
Your great qualities are wasted on me
For I am not worthy of them,
Believe me, in all honesty
The marital life would be a torture for you,
No matter how much love I had for you,
The moment it becomes a habit, I would love you no more
Then judge for yourself, then, what kind of roses
Would Hymen have in store for us,
And for how many long days

The dreams and years have fled away, and shall not return,
I love you like a brother, yes a brother,
And, perhaps, somewhat more tenderly than a brother would

So listen to me and have no angst
Many times would a young maiden trade one passing dream
For another one.

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