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    A poem, but I4m missing the 'music'

    HI,
    Can someone help me with a better, more fluid translation of this poem? I believe it's quite well known:


    Даны мне были и голос любый

    И восхитительный выгиб лба
    Судьба меня целовала в губы
    Учила первенствовать судьба
    Устам платила я щедрой данью
    Я розы сыпала на гроба
    Но на бегу меня тяжкой дланью
    Схватила за волосы Судьба!
    31 desembre 1915 Peterbourg
    Marina Cvetaeva

    I'm having particular trouble with the word "любый"

    Thanks!

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    любый is nothing but an ahem...archaic form of любимый...or a poetic form

    She used it because it fits more to the rhythm.








    like words зимою and зимой
    Я так думаю.

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    "Любый" here means "nice, pleasant", while the modern word "любимый" means 'favourite' or "beloved".

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    "ЛЮБЫЙ любая, любое, (устар. и нар.-поэт.). Любимый, возлюбленный."

    "ЛЮБО в знач. сказ. (прост.). Приятно, хорошо. Л. посмотреть. Л. послушать. Не л. - не слушай, а врать не мешай (шутл. посл.). * Любо-дорого смотреть - приятно посмотреть, увидеть."

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    ANyone care to try a full translation?

    Thanks!
    ANyone care to try a full translation?
    I'm still confused in context, and it doesn't flow in English!
    French will do also!
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