Vladimir Vysotsky. A Ballad of Fighting.

Commentary to “A Ballad of the Free Archers”.

There is a good old saying: “Potior visa est periculosa libertas quieto servitio.” (“A dangerous liberty is preferable to a quiet servitude.”)

And it is pertinent to give here a clause of the Roman civil law: “Vim vi repellere licet.” (“It is lawful to repel force with force.”)

The ballad was written for the film “The Arrows of Robin Hood”, see commentary to “A Ballad of Time”. The film was released with Leо Prozorovsky’s “A Song of Rob­in Hood”.

The presented text is adapted from George Tokarev and Eugenia Weinstein’s translations.

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