Russians have long immortalized dogs in their poetry and art. Enjoy this National Borzoi Club exclusive translation of Oh, Borzoi!, an interesting Russian poem about the Borzoi.
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Borzoi Poem, Translated From Russian
OH, BORZOI! Stretched bowstring An arrow flying forth ... Oh, Borzoi! Let me tell you these words Dedicated to the winds my sweet friend! You are wise Your character is true ... Graceful gait and posture You are not just a dog, but a Chieftan! You fly excitedly ahead Crowds of hunters, horses ... And the beast just can't get away From your instincts and agility! The chase is over ... and suddenly You’ve turned into ... nobility ... Aristocrat, friend You are considered royalty! Gentle, sedate, dignified Not at all obtrusive ... At exhibitions you are perceived as imperial Other dogs, you can go to Hell! You are the symbol of Mother Russia You are the essence of her vast fields ... A person must be aligned with the powers of the Earth To understand the beauty of such animals
A Russian speaker translated this poem for us, and she explained that some of the translation was tricky and we had to use our judgment for some of the words. Note that the “you can go to Hell” line is a literal translation. Borzoi lovers in Russia are serious!
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