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The games

Council's kind, on a bloody arena
for the third day the games are not over,
and completely got crazy hyenas,
breathe with ancient spite anacondas.

And the elephants, bears and tigers
drunk of blood, battlers ready for sparrings,
bull is strong and experienced fighter -
hardly Rome ever that's been admiring.

Only then to them given the captive
was, the wounded chief Alamannen,
exorcist of the whirlwinds deceptive,
and the killer with eyes of a lion.

So we wanted this hour to happen!
For the battle we waited, he's hardy!
Get his body you, animals, taken!
Have his flesh torn in meaty and bloody.

Pulling over to oaky railing,
howled he being so peaceful and frowning,
in response all the animals blaring
were consonant well with his calling.

Outspread anacondas docilely,
knelled the elephants full of submission,
waiting for his command in dust lying,
Bloody trunk raised dependently hissing.

Council, council, eternal almighties,
We have not seen this yet downtown!
Tongued because hungry vicious tigers
Wizard's legs dust-filled groveling down.

Перевод стихотворения Николая Гумилёва «Игры» на английский язык.

Игры

Консул добр: на арене кровавой
Третий день не кончаются игры,
И совсем обезумели тигры,
Дышут древнею злобой удавы.

А слоны, а медведи! Такими
Опьянелыми кровью бойцами,
Туром, бьющим повсюду рогами,
Любовались едва ли и в Риме.

И тогда лишь был отдан им пленный,
Весь израненный, вождь аламанов,
Заклинатель ветров и туманов
И убийца с глазами гиены.

Как хотели мы этого часа!
Ждали битвы, мы знали — он смелый.
Бейте, звери, горячее тело,
Рвите, звери, кровавое мясо!

Но, прижавшись к перилам дубовым,
Вдруг завыл он, спокойный и хмурый,
И согласным ответили ревом
И медведи, и волки, и туры.

Распластались покорно удавы,
И упали слоны на колени,
Ожидая его повелений,
Поднимали свой хобот кровавый.

Консул, консул и вечные боги,
Мы такого еще не видали!
Ведь голодные тигры лизали
Колдуну запыленные ноги.


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