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Baida, Baida drinks honey-horeevka
Not one day, not two days, not one night only.
The Sultan of Turkey has come to-day–
"What are you doing, young fellow, pray?"

"I drink," said Baida, "not one day only,
Not two days, no–and my night's not lonely."
"If you stop drinking I pledge my oath
My daughter to you shall plight her troth."

"She is not comely enough to see.
Faugh! Your religion is not for me."
"Ho there, my men! Just take this wretch,
Put a hook in his ribs and give him a stretch."

O not one day, not two days only,
Not one night hangeth Baida lonely.
The Doub-tree seeth the Sultan come:
"Ha, Baida, art thou then quite dumb?"

"Nay," said the rogue, "I see two trees,
Two pigeons perching at their ease.
"Your bow and arrow lend," quoth he,
"And you shall sup right daintily."

The weapon Baida's right hand nears–
The Sultan's pierced between the ears.
Freed, he has shot the Sultan's wife,
Nor will he spare the daughter's life.

"This was a king once," Baida cries,
"But see how stiff and cold it lies!
"Well, as for me, I surely think
That I deserve another drink."

Baida, Baida drinks honey-horeevka
Not one day, not two days, not one night only.




(I'd love to see the full translation by Yaroslav Baran. This is not it.)
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