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SONGS OF THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE: 7, by                    
First Line: "whither shall I, the fair maiden, flee from sorrow?"
Last Line: "I have driven, I have driven, the maiden into the damp earth"
Subject(s): Grief;russia; Sorrow;sadness;soviet Union;russians


WHITHER shall I, the fair maiden, flee from Sorrow?
If I fly from Sorrow into the dark forest,
After me runs Sorrow with an axe.
"I will fell, I will fell the green oaks;
I will seek, I will find the fair maiden."
If I fly from Sorrow into the open field,
After me runs Sorrow with a scythe.
"I will mow, I will mow the open field;
I will seek, I will find the fair maiden."
Whither then shall I flee from Sorrow?
If I rush from Sorrow into the blue sea, --
After me comes Sorrow as a huge fish.
"I will drink, I will swallow the blue sea:
I will seek, I will find the fair maiden."
If I seek refuge from Sorrow in marriage, --
Sorrow follows me as my dowry.
If I take to my bed to escape from Sorrow, --
Sorrow sits beside my pillow.
And when I shall have fled from Sorrow into the damp earth, --
Sorrow will come after me with a spade.
Then will Sorrow stand over me, and cry triumphantly,
"I have driven, I have driven, the maiden into the damp earth."





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