Translation by Ivan Ivanovich Kozlov (1779 - 1840)

Warriors and chiefs! should the shaft or...
Language: English 
Warriors and chiefs! should the shaft or the sword 
Pierce me in leading the host of the Lord, 
Heed not the corse, though a king's, in your path: 
Bury your steel in the bosoms of Gath! 

Thou who art bearing my buckler and bow, 
Should the soldiers of Saul look away from the foe, 
Stretch me that moment in blood at thy feet! 
Mine be the doom which they dared not to meet. 

Farewell to others, but never we part, 
Heir to my royalty, son of my heart! 
Bright is the diadem, boundless the sway, 
Or kingly the death, which awaits us to-day!

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Песнь Саула перед боем
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the English 
О вожди! если выйдет на долю мою
пред Господним народом погибель, погибель в бою,
- не смущайтесь, в битву идите смелей!
Пусть узнают враги силу наших мечей.

Ты, несущий за мною мой лук и мой щит,
если войско моё от врага побежит,
о, не дай пережить мне тот миг роковой,
пусть умру я, сраженный твоею рукой!

О, мой сын! Мой наследник,
победа, победа нас ждёт!
Верь, что славою вновь наш засветит венец,
иль с тобой, как бойцы, мы сной встретим конец.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2003-10-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 81