Translation by Lev Aleksandrovich Mey (1822 - 1862)

Gopak
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the Ukrainian (Українська) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Goj! gop, gop, gopaka!
Polyubila kazaka,
Tol`ko stary'j da ne dyuzhij,
Tol`ko ry'zhij, neuklyuzhij,
Vot i dolya vsya poka! Goj!
Dolya sledom za toskoyu,
A ty' stary'j za vodoyu,
A sama to ya v shinok
Da xvachu sebe kryuchok,
A potom vsyo chok da chok, vsyo chok da chok.
Charka pervaya kolom, a vtoraya sokolom,
Baba v plyas poshla vkonecz,
A za neyu molodecz,
Stary'j, ry'zhij, babu klichet,
Tol`ko baba kukish ty'chet.
Kol` zhenilsya, satana,
Doby'vaj-zhe mne pshena,
vot chto!
Nado detok pozhalet`, nakormit` i priodet`.
Vot kak!
Doby'vaj, smotri, by't` xudu,
A ne to sama dobudu!
Sly'sh` ty'!
Doby'vaj zhe, stary'j, ry'zhij,
Doby'vaj skorej, bessty'zhij!
Chto, vzyal!
Tol`ko, stary'j, ne greshi,
Koly'bel`ki koly'shi,
Koly'bel`ki, stary'j, koly'shi,
vot tak!
Kak by'la ya molodoyu
da ugodniceyu,
YA povesila perednik
nad okonniceyu,
I v okoshechko kivayu,
v plyal`czax shelkom vy'shivayu.
Goj, Semeny' vy', Ivany',
nadevajge-ka kaftany',
Da so mnoj gulyat` pojdyomte!
Da prisyadem, zapoyomte!
Goj! Goj! Goj! Goj! Goj! Goj! Goj! Goj! Goj! 
Goj, gop, gop, gopaka!
Polyubila kazaka,
Tol`ko stary'j da ne dyuzhij,
Tol`ko ry'zhij, neuklyuzhij,
Vot i pravda vsya poka. Goj!

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-13
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