Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

November 15, 2006

From Pining Poem to Haunting Anthem: "Dark Eyes" by Yevhen Hrebinka


Duration 2:12

Chet Atkins (1924-2001)




originally a poem in Ukrainian

by Yevhen Hrebinka (1812-48)

composer unknown

Dark Eyes (The Gypsy Anthem)

Eyes of ecstacy, always haunting me,
Always taunting me, with your mystery,
Tell me tenderly, you belong to me
For eternity–dark eyes talk to me!

Eyes so dark and dear, eyes of loveth here,
Beauty full and true, I’m in love with you.
Give me eyes of love, like the stars above.
You stole my heart. May we ever part!

Gypsy melody that has haunted me,
Won’t you set me free of all memory:
Of the time that’s waste, of the path we traced
Of the pain we taste–so endlessly!




К. П. Гребенка

Очи черные, очи страстные !
Очи жгучие и прекрасные !
Как люблю я вас! Как боюсь я вас !
Знать, увидел вас я в недобрый час !

Ох, недаром вы глубины темней !
Вижу траур в вас по душе моей,
Вижу пламя в вас я победное:
Сожжено на нем сердце бедное.

Но не грустен я, не печален я,
Утешительна мне судьба моя:
Все, что лучшего в жизни бог дал нам,
В жертву отдал я огневым глазам !



Duration 2:02

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (b. 1962)




  1. Hi
    I’ve started a link exchange blog to encourage communication between people who write poetry online. Would you like to be a part of it?

    Email me at: or post a comment confirming your entry to The Poets Union on my personal site:

    Hope to hear from you
    O. S. Blake

    Comment by osblake — November 17, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

  2. Hi O. S.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    That looks like a pretty good idea. I have another blog that I linked to TPU from. Anything that is positive for poetry, I’m all for.


    Comment by Bud Bloom — November 22, 2006 @ 4:22 am

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