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Коль любить, так без рассудку

Language: Russian (Русский)

Коль любить, так без рассудку,
Коль грозить, так не на шутку,
Коль ругнуть, так сгоряча,
Коль рубнуть, так уж с плеча!

Коли спорить, так уж смело,
Коль карать, так уж за дело,
Коль простить, так всей душой,
Коли пир, так пир горой!

Translation(s): ENG

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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If you love, then do it madly

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

If you love, then do it madly,
if you threaten, then do it seriously,
if you curse, then do it angrily,
if you chop, then do it straight from the shoulder!

If you argue, then do it boldly,
if you punish, then do it fairly,
if you forgive, then do it generously,
and if there’s a feast, then make it lavish!

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Translation of title "Коль любить" = "If you love"


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2016 by Jennifer Gliere, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Count (1817 - 1875), no title, first published 1850/1
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): I. A. Borodin, Nikolai Nikolayevich Cherepnin, Reinhold Moritzevich Glière, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Nikolay F. Solovyov, Vasily Andreyevich Zolotarev. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-12-28.
Last modified: 2016-12-28 15:55:39
Line count: 8
Word count: 61