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The Song of Igor's Campaign,
Igor son of Svyatoslav and grandson of Oleg.

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Igor’s return




Said Boyan, song-maker
of the times of old,
[of the campaigns] of the kogans –
Svyatoslav, Yaroslav, Oleg:
"Hard as it is for the head
to be without shoulders
bad it is for the body
to be without head," –
for the Russian land
to be without Igor.

The sun shines in the sky:
Prince Igor is on Russian soil.
Maidens sing on the Danube;
[their?] voices weave
across the sea
to Kiev.
Igor rides up the Borichev [slope]
to the Blessed Virgin of the Tower;
countries rejoice,
cities are merry.