New Year 2018.

Потому что жизнь не ждет.
Не оглянешься и святки.
Только промежуток краткий,
Смотришь, там и новый год.

Because life does not wait.
Turn, and you find Christmas here.
And a moment after that
It’s suddenly New Year.

My favorite stanza from Pasternak’s “Снег идет” (tr. Jon Stallworthy and Peter France, “Snow Is Falling”; a different translation here). A very happy new year to all of you!


  1. On a truly frivolous note: a while back I rewrote some lyrics from The Music Man, and I was reminded of them today when I glanced at the Rose Parade on TV.

    Seventy-six calzones led the big buffet,
    With a hundred and ten baguettes close at hand.
    They were followed by rows and rows of the tastiest samosas,
    With fresh ingredients – not canned.

    Anyway, happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year everybody!

  3. A very happy new year to you, too, Languagehat — may 2018 bring you many more enjoyable books!

  4. And the same to you!

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