Stenka Razin

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D. N. Sadovnika, tr. Jacob Robbins, 1921

From beyond the wooded island
To the river wide and free,
|: Proudly sail the arrow-breasted
Ships of Cossack yeomanry. :|

2. On the first is Stenka Razin
With a princess at his side,
|: Drunken, holds a marriage revel
With his beautiful young bride. :|

3. But behind them rose a whisper,
"He has left his sword to woo;
|: One short night, and Stenka Razin
Has become a woman too!" :|

4. Stenka Razin hears the jeering
Of his discontented band,
|: And the lovely Persian princess
He has circled with his hand. :|

5. His black brows have come together
As the waves of anger rise,
|: And the blood comes rushing swiftly
To his piercing, jet-black eyes. :|

6. "I will give you all you ask for,
Life and heart, and head and hand,"
|: Echo rolls the pealing thunder
Of his voice across the land. :|

7. "Volga, Volga, mother Volga,
Deep and wide beneath the sun,
|: You have never seen a present
From the Cossack of the Don. :|

8. And that peace might rule as always
All my free-born men and brave,
|: Volga, Volga, mother Volga,
"Volga, make this girl a grave." :|

9. With a sudden, mighty movement,
Razin lifts the beauty high,
|: And he casts her where the waters
Of the Volga move and sigh. :|

10. Now a silence like the grave sinks
To all those who stand to see,
|: And the battle-hardened Cossacks
Sink to weep on bended knee. :|

11. "Dance, you fool, and men, make merry!
What has got into your eyes?
|: Let us thunder out a chanty
Of a place where beauty lies." :|

12. From beyond the wooded island
To the river wide and free,
|: Proudly sail the arrow-breasted
   Ships of Cossack yeomanry. :|

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