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Капли Датского короля

Bulat Šalvovič Okudžava / Булат Шалвович Oкуджава
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English Translation by Alexander Givental
Pewien duński król, co żył
Na wojennym szlaku
Choć w opałach nieraz był
Nigdy nie czuł strachu
Innych strach wśród świstu kul
Zmieniał w lodu sople
Króla nie, bo pijał król
Czarodziejskie krople...

Oto bajka jak w sam raz
Dla tych, co o świcie
Jak my, idą w wojny czas
Tracić młode życie
A kto chowa dudy w miech
Bojąc się okropnie
Ten duńskiego króla niech
Kropli sobie kropnie...

Przeszły wojny, chwile złe
Lecz na świecie białym
W czas pokoju krople te
Też by się przydały
Kto je znajdzie, niech da znać
I niech mu pomogą
Ja się w życiu wolę bać
Byle wiedzieć kogo...
POTION OF THE DANISH PRINCE

As a child, I was convinced
that from all conditions
Potion of the Danish Prince
is the most efficient.
And that faith is burning since
brighter every year...
Potion of the Danish Prince
Savor, cavalier!P

otion of this Prince or King
is as sweet as candy,
bruter than champagne, and more
powerful than brandy.
It is stronger than deceit,
treachery, and fear...
Potion of the Danish Prince
Savor, cavalier!

Bullet's hisses, cannon's blasts,
sword's and saber's clinkingwill
dissolve at once if you
gurgle as you drink it.
May Arbat, and love, and spring
be your best career!
Potion of the Danish King
Savor, cavalier!

Fame and glory dizzy heads,
Power senses tickles.
Who succeeds at your expense
isn't worth a nickel.
Straighten body, strengthen soul,
act and persevere...
Potion of the Danish Prince
Savor, cavalier!

If your whistle-blow's lost
in your coughing blow,
don't forget: a sip at most
makes all problems go.
Always mind what always did
fathers-pioneers ...
Potion of the Danish Prince
Savor, cavaliers!

I have traveled low and high,
searched the land and ocean,
but I couldn't ever find
this amazing potion.
Should to you such fortune wink,
you should have no fear:
Potion of the Danish King
Savor, cavalier!


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