No Comment, Quotation — January 16, 2011, 11:07 am

Fet/Rachmaninoff – In the Mysterious Silence of the Night

rachmaninov_peinture

?, ????? ???? ?, ? ???????? ???? ??????,
???????? ????? ????, ??????, ???? ?????????,
??????? ????????? ????? ?????? ?????
?? ?????? ???????? ? ????? ?????????;
???? ?????????, ????, ????? ?? ??????,
?????? ? ????? ???????? ???????,
?????? ???? ????? ?????????? ?????
? ??????, ??????? ??????????? ??;
??????? ? ?????????? ????? ?????????
????? ???? ? ?????, ??????????? ????????,
? ? ?????????, ????????? ???,
???????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ????.

Oh, I will spend long moments,
in the mysterious silence of the night,
driving from my mind thoughts of
your insidious chatter,
your smile, your gaze, a casual look,
the hair that obeyed your fingers,
the thick locks of your hair,
and summoning them back again,
whispering and correcting
words once uttered
in conversations 1 had with you
which were awkward, full of shyness,
and rending the darkness with the cherished name,
intoxicated, blind to reason.
Oh, I will spend long moments,
in the mysterious silence of the night,
rending the darkness with the cherished name.

Afanasi Afanas’yevich Fet, ? ???????? ???? ??????
(1844)

Listen to a setting of the poem by Sergei Rachmaninoff from his opus 4 song cycle (1890), one of his earliest works, here in a centennial recital in 1990 by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Oleg Boshnyakovich plays the piano:

Share
Single Page

More from Scott Horton:

No Comment, Six Questions June 4, 2014, 8:00 am

Uncovering the Cover Ups: Death Camp in Delta

Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp

From the June 2014 issue

The Guantánamo “Suicides,” Revisited

A missing document suggests a possible CIA cover-up

No Comment March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

Scott Horton Debates John Rizzo on Democracy Now!

On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers

Get access to 164 years of
Harper’s for only $39.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

October 2014

Cassandra Among the
Creeps

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Today Is Better Than Tomorrow”

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

PBS Self-Destructs

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Monkey Did It

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Post
"In mid-August, hundreds of displaced Christians who had fled to Erbil were moved by Kurdish authorities into the concrete shell of a half-built mall. "
Photograph by Sebastian Meyer
Article
“Today Is Better Than Tomorrow”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Iraq has every disease there is; its mind is deranged with too many voices, its organs corrupted, its limbs only long enough to tear at its own body.”
Photograph by Benjamin Busch
Post
Flying Blind·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“President Obama’s war against the Islamic State will represent, by a rough count, the eighth time the U.S. air-power lobby has promised to crush a foe without setting boot or foot on the ground.”
Article
The Monkey Did It·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“In Murakami’s fiction, what presents itself as a key reveals itself simultaneously to be a keyhole.”
Illustration by Steven Dana
Article
PBS Self-Destructs·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“The present state of PBS, the result of built-in deficiencies and ideological conflicts, was almost an inevitability.”
Illustration by Thomas Allen

Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:

4

In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.

Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

In Praise of Idleness

By

I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.

Subscribe Today