Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Коль любить, так без рассудку
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
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!

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 42

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"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 61