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The Ballad of Hnat

by Konstantyn Dankevych From Nazar Stodolya

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The Ballad of Hnat
Ukrainian source: Anon.

Nash Otaman Gamalіia Otaman zavziatii
Zіbrav Vіis-ka tai poїkhav po moriu guliati
Slavi zdobuvati
Іz turets-koї nevolі bratіv vizvoliati

Oi priїkhav Gamalіia azh u tu Skutaru
Sidiat- brati-zaporozhtsі dozhidaiut- kari
Oi iak krikne Gamalіia brati budem zhiti
Budem zhiti vino piti ianichara biti

Vilіtali Zaporozhtsі na lan zhito zhati
Zhito zhali v kopi klali gurtom zaspіvali

Slava zh tobі Gamalіє na ves- svіt velikii
Na ves- svіt velikii, na vsiu Ukraїnu
Shcho ne dav ti Zaporozhtsiam zginut- na chuzhinі

The Ballad of Hnat
English translation © A. Kymach

Our Otaman Hamaliya, Otaman is tenacious
He gathered his troops and went
for a walk on the sea, to gain fame.
To free the brothers from Turkish captivity.

How Hamaliya came all the way to Scutaru
The Zaporozhians brothers are sitting and awaiting punishment.
Oh, how Hamaliya will shout, let's live brothers
Let's live, drink wine, beat the janissary.

The Zaporozhians flew out to harvest rye
They put rye ears in heaps and sang in groups.

Glory to you, Hamaliya, is great for the whole world,
It is big for the whole world, for the whole of Ukraine,
Because you didn't let the Zaporozhians perish in a foreign land.

The Ballad of Hnat
Ukrainian source: Anon.

The Ballad of Hnat
English source: A. Kymach

Nash Otaman Gamalіia Otaman zavziatii
Our Otaman Hamaliya, Otaman is tenacious
Zіbrav Vіis-ka tai poїkhav po moriu guliati
He gathered his troops and went
Slavi zdobuvati
for a walk on the sea, to gain fame.
Іz turets-koї nevolі bratіv vizvoliati
To free the brothers from Turkish captivity.

Oi priїkhav Gamalіia azh u tu Skutaru
How Hamaliya came all the way to Scutaru
Sidiat- brati-zaporozhtsі dozhidaiut- kari
The Zaporozhians brothers are sitting and awaiting punishment.
Oi iak krikne Gamalіia brati budem zhiti
Oh, how Hamaliya will shout, let's live brothers
Budem zhiti vino piti ianichara biti
Let's live, drink wine, beat the janissary.

Vilіtali Zaporozhtsі na lan zhito zhati
The Zaporozhians flew out to harvest rye
Zhito zhali v kopi klali gurtom zaspіvali
They put rye ears in heaps and sang in groups.

Slava zh tobі Gamalіє na ves- svіt velikii
Glory to you, Hamaliya, is great for the whole world,
Na ves- svіt velikii, na vsiu Ukraїnu
It is big for the whole world, for the whole of Ukraine,
Shcho ne dav ti Zaporozhtsiam zginut- na chuzhinі
Because you didn't let the Zaporozhians perish in a foreign land.

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