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    Help with the word томим

    I have been learning a russian song called я вас любил. The words are by Pushkin.

    I've been translating the poem for myself to help me understand the best way to perform it but am stuck on one word.

    Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадеждо,
    То робастью, то ревностью томим;

    I just can't find a translation for the word томим in any dictionary and my memory for cases isn't very good any more so I can't work out what word it comes from.

    Can you help please?

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    Re: Help with the word томим

    Quote Originally Posted by chequer
    Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
    То робостью, то ревностью томим;
    It's a short form of томимый, passive for томиться - be parched / pined with smth. So the line would be:
    At one moment being pined with shyness, at another with jealousy.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Help with the word томим

    I love this poem.

    Word by word translations (some of them wrong, though):
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 412AAKGj75

    Nice English translation :
    I loved you; even now I may confess,
    Some embers of my love their fire retain;
    But do not let it cause you more distress,
    I do not want to sadden you again.
    Hopeless and tonguetied, yet I loved you dearly
    With pangs the jealous and the timid know;
    So tenderly I loved you, so sincerely,
    I pray God grant another love you so.

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    Re: Help with the word томим

    Thank you so much. I only found this song (and therefore the poem) a week ago and am obsessed with it at the moment. The music is by Cesar Cui (Кюи) and I have a beautiful recording of it by Даниил Штода.

    Thank you again.

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    Re: Help with the word томим

    http://kkre-19.narod.ru/atlantov/jvl.mp3 - Поёт Владимир Атлантов

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjMsqfpDJwk - Нани Брегвадзе, Зураб Соткилава

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn52BbqxqJg
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