Ravens (Pushkin, translation based on that of Harold Drinker)



Raven to a raven flies,
Raven to a raven, cries:
"Raven, where shall we have dinner?
How can we find out about it?"
Raven, to raven then replies: "I know where our dinner lies.

In the open field, beneath a willow
a knight, lies slain.
Who killed him, and why,
only his falcon knows,
and his black filly,
and his young wife.

The falcon has flown away into the grove;
and a foe has attacked the filly;
and the wife, why, she awaits her lover,
who is not dead, but
alive."- Pushkin

(Set to music by Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951))

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