Friday, September 19, 2014

Elegy to the Golden Leaf-fall (Lina Mkrtchyan)


Elegy to the Golden Leaf-fall

Lina Mkrtchyan performs a song composed by Isaac Schwartz.

Lyrics: Timur Zulfikarov

Listen--is it raining?
Or--a mouse, rustling? Or has a star fallen?
Or is it that the golden shudders of the Autumn trees
have overcome and enchanted us?
O, falling leaves! O, falling leaves!
A fleeting vision! Like an old friend, comfort me with your touch.

Listen--is it snowing now?
Will not the wine cool in the glass?
Why is human life so long?
Why is love so short?
O, falling leaves! O, falling leaves!
A fleeting vision! Like a dear mother, comfort me with your touch.

Let's go into the forest wildness--
along the river, gilded by leaves...
Why, O God, is life so short?
Why is love so infinite?
O, falling leaves! O, falling leaves!
A fleeting vision! Like a small child, comfort me with your touch.

I'll go out to the porch in the rain
under the wet leaves circling above my head,
and you, as an Angel, ascend above the earth,
and you will laugh, and cry....
O, falling leaves! O, falling leaves!
A fleeting vision! Like a young wife, comfort me with your cool breath.

Listen - is it raining now ....

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