Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

(5 September 1817 - 10 October 1875 / Saint Petersburg)

Don Juan's Serenade - Poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

Darkness descends
on Alpujara's golden land.
My guitar invites you,
come out my dear!

Whoever says that there are others
who can be compared to you,
whoever burns for your love,
I challenge them all to a duel!

Now the moon
has set the sky alight,
come out, Nisetta, oh come out, Nisetta,
on to your balcony, quickly!

From Seville to Granada
in the silence of the nights,
one can hear the sound of serenades
and the clashing of swords.

Much blood, many songs,
pour forth for the lovely ladies;
and I, for the loveliest one of all
am ready to give my song and my blood.

Now the moon
has set the sky alight,
Come out, Nisetta, oh come out, Nisetta,
on to your balcony, quickly!


Comments about Don Juan's Serenade by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (6/16/2007 2:42:00 AM)

    Danuta's correct! Quite a melody here, as well as the appropriate lyricism. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Danuta Glendenning (2/15/2007 8:59:00 PM)

    Here Tolstoy is doing what we must do when we hear poetry. Transporting ourselves into distant lands. I imagine he would have never been to Spain. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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