“She sings – and notes’ evaporation” (“Она поет — и звуки тают”), Mikhail Lermontov

A poem from 1837.

She sings – and notes’ evaporation
Are kisses, pressed to lips’ surprise,
She looks – and heavens’ gay flirtation
Divinely glimmers in her eyes;

And all the play of her procession,
Her features when she speaks a word
Are full of feeling and expression,
By wondrous ease are lively stirred.


Она поет — и звуки тают,
Как поцелуи на устах,
Глядит — и небеса играют
В ее божественных глазах;

Идет ли — все ее движенья,
Иль молвит слово — все черты
Так полны чувства, выраженья,
Так полны дивной простоты.

Translation by Rupert Moreton

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