The Rhythmic Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poems and Songs.

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s “A Ballad of the Free Archers”.

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(*) (*) If it’s happed that ye’re sold out,
And the noose is what ye’d get, (*)
Ye can get rid of the gallows
In the wood—ye won’t regret. (*)
It’s the safest, no doubt,
Place for you without haws, (*)
Where’ll forever be bummed out
Greedy lords with their laws! (*)

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Yeomen, running from oppression,
Who despise all risks and threats, (*)
And poor servants whose possessions
Are but their o’erdue debts, (*)
Also vagabonds and rascals
Run and hide inside this wood, (*)
Where the master is a handsome
Good old fellow— (*) (*) Robin Hood! (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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They’ll trust you without vow,
Though rows hap, of course, (*)
And they never throw out
Outcasts and outlaws. (*)
Even knights hide out sometime
In this wood of pine and oak— (*)
Men above fault and disquiet
At all times are going broke! (*)

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All deer trails to them are known
As the lines of their palms. (*)
They’re archers all, although
In the past were slaves and bums. (*)
Serfs and losers by these archers
Will be saved and understood. (*)
No one is fair as much as
He who walks with Robin Hood! (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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Merry men, they live and cope
In the face of all taboos, (*)
Never losing heart and hope,
These free archers in the woods. (*)
They often sleep on moss or feather,
Use for blankets starry skies; (*)
No matter what the weather—
Still alive, and that is nice! (*)

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Feeling homesick and low?
Cheer up, man, it’ll all be right! (*)
Don’t forget to fit your bow—
Must be perfect in a fight! (*)
There are no their peers,
No shooters are so good... (*)
Where’ll they have the next appearance
With the fellow Robin Hood? (*) (*)

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