Barmalej – Korney Chukovsky

I

Маленькие дети!
No way
Don't go to Africa,
To walk to Africa!
Sharks in Africa,
Gorillas in africa,
Africa has large
Angry crocodiles
Will bite you,
Beat and hurt,-
Don't go, дети,
To walk to Africa.

In Africa, a robber,
In Africa villain,
In Africa, terrible
Bar-ma-lei!

He runs across Africa
And eats children -
Nasty, bad, greedy Barmalei!

And daddy and mommy
Sitting under a tree,
And daddy and mommy
Children are told:

"Africa is terrible,
Yes Yes Yes!
Africa is dangerous,
Yes Yes Yes!
Don't go to Africa,
Children, never!»

But daddy and mommy fell asleep in the evening,
And Tanechka and Vanechka - running to Africa,-
To Africa!
To Africa!

Walking along Africa.
Figs-dates pluck,-
Well, Africa!
That's how Africa!

They saddled a rhino,
Ride a little,-
Well, Africa!
That's how Africa!

With elephants on the go
Played leapfrog,-
Well, Africa!
That's how Africa!

A gorilla came out to them,
Im gorilla talking,
The gorilla spoke to them,
Sentenced:

“There’s the Karakula Shark
Opened an evil mouth.
You are to the shark Karakul
Would you like to get
Straight to the pas?»

"We are shark Karakula
Do not care, do not care,
We are the shark Karakul
Brick, brick,
We are the shark Karakul
Fist, fist!
We are the shark Karakul
Heel, heel!»

Scared shark
And drowned out of fear,-
I share you, shark, division!

But here is a huge
A hippopotamus walks and roars,
He's coming, he walks through the swamps
And roars loudly and menacingly.

And Tanya and Vanya are laughing,
Hippopotamus belly tickled:
"Well, the belly,
What a belly -
Wonderful!»

I could not stand such an offense
hippopotamus,
Fled behind the pyramids
And roars,

Barmalea, Barmalea
In a loud voice
Calling:

“Barmalei, Barmalej, Barmalej!
Come out, Barmalej, hurry up!
Of these nasty children, Barmalej,
Do not be sorry, Barmalej, do not be sorry!»

II

Tanya-Vanya trembled -
Barmalea was seen.
He walks across Africa,
Sings throughout Africa:

"I am bloodthirsty,
I am merciless,
I am the evil robber Barmaley!
And I don't need
No jam,
No chocolate,
But only small
(Yes, very small!)
Children!»

He sparkles with terrible eyes,
He knocks with terrible teeth,
He kindles a terrible fire,
He screams a terrible word:
“Karabas! Karabas!
I will have lunch now!»

Children cry and cry,
Barmaley beg:

"Sweet, cute Barmalei,
Have mercy on us,
Let us go quickly
To our sweet mother!

We run away from mom
Never will
And walk in Africa
Forever forget!

Милый, cute cannibal,
Have mercy on us,
We will give you candy,
Tea with breadcrumbs!»

But the ogre answered:
"It simply came to our notice then!!!»

And Tanya said to Vanya:
"Look, in an airplane
Someone flies across the sky.
This is the doctor, this is a doctor,
Kind doctor Aibolit!»

Kind doctor Aibolit
Runs up to Tanya-Vanya,
Tanya-Vanya hugs
And to the villain Barmalei,
smiling, He speaks:

"Well, you are welcome, my dear,
My dear Barmaley,
Untie, let go
Of these little children!»

But the villain Aibolit is missing
And throws Aibolit into the fire.
And it burns, and shouts Aibolit:
“The moon, hurts! The moon, hurts! The moon, hurts!»

And the poor children lie under the palm tree,
They look at Barmaley
И плачут, and cry, and cry!

III

But because of the Nile
Gorilla is walking,
Gorilla is walking,
Crocodile leads!

Kind doctor Aibolit
Crocodile says:
"Well, you are welcome, rather
Swallow Barmaley,
To greedy Barmaley
Would not be enough,
Would not swallow
Of these little children!»

Turned,
Smiled,
Laughed
Крокодил
And the villain
Barmalea,
Like a fly,
Swallowed!

Council, council, council, happy kids,
She danced, played by the fire:
"You us,
You us
Saved from death,
You set us free.
Good hour you
Saw us,
Oh kind
Крокодил

But in the belly of the Crocodile
Dark, and closely, and dejected,
And in the belly of the Crocodile
Sobs, Barmalei cries:
"ABOUT, I will be kind,
I will love children!
Don't ruin me!
Spare me!
ABOUT, I will, I will, I will be kind!»

Spared the children of Barmaley,
Children say to the crocodile:
“If he really became kinder,
Let him go, you are welcome, ago!
We will take Barmaley with us,
We will take you to distant Leningrad!»
The crocodile nods,
Opens a wide mouth,-
And from there, smiling, Barmalei takes off,
And Barmaley's face is kinder and sweeter:
"How glad I am, how glad i am,
That I will go to Leningrad!»

Dancing, Barmalei dances, Barmalej!
"Will, I will be kind, Yes, good!
I will bake for the children, for kids
Pies and pretzels, pretzels!

Bazaars, I will go to bazaars, I will walk!
I will be a gift, I will give away pies for free,
Pretzels, treat the kids with rolls.

And for Vanechka
And for Tanya
Будут, will be with me
Mint gingerbread!
Mint gingerbread,
Fragrant,
Surprisingly pleasant,
Come, get,
Don't pay a dime,
Because Barmaley
Loves small children,
Loves, loves, loves, loves,
Loves small children!»

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