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The River

Waves are so light 
Carried by the flow 
Down by the shore 
There's a boatman's home 

The old ferryman 
Old and skillful carrier! 
Sail your airy boat 
Over silver waves 

Graceful boat is light and so firm his hand 
People overseas recognize that man 
Glare skims over waves and spreads everywhere 
Fame of man, with whom river secret shared 

Someone calls him sage, no one knows his age 
Eyes like those of youth, didn't know the ruth 
Voice is sonorous, speech is beautiful 
He perceived the gist of troubles and disease 

Freely river 
Overflows with waves 
Plash of a stream 
Quiet weep of cane... 

Drive your airy boat 
Old experienced carrier 
Drive your airy boat 
Over silver moon 

Graceful boat is light, rumors day and night 
Bring him silk and gold - lavish gifts of folk 
They all want to know, they all want to see 
Secrets of the one, with whom the river speaks 

Father! Guide us now, share your wisdom, please 
How to live with fun, walk the path of bliss 
How to not astray, not to drift away 
Send our hearts like ships to the sunny rays 

He lived near the quay and the river whirled away 
All his griefs and sorrows are drowned in deep waters 
He conceived all symbols and predestinations 
River's gently motion was his inspiration 

River boundless, dreamlike shores to rest 
House from grass and cane takes the yearn away 
Graceful boat is light and so firm is hand 
Morning rays of sun - pleasure for this man 

River wild and fast, flowing never ends 
Through the winter snows, summer rains and storms 
All will dash away and return someday 
Love will found its way through the love and pain

Song in Russian here (transcription) and here (cyrillic)


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