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Translated by Tatiana Nikolova-Houston

Deto se horo igrae There where a horo is danced,
sred selo nasred megdana in the midst of the village, in the square,
dor devet gajdi svireha up to nine bagpipes were playing
dor tri tûpana bijaha. and three drums were beating.
  
Nedelja, bulka hubava, Nedelja, a beautiful young wife,
tja se sûs gajdi nadpjava. she is competing with bagpipes.
Gajda na gajda produma: One bagpipe to another said:
"Mlûknete, gajdi, ta chujte "Hush, bagpipes, so you can hear
  
"Mlûknete, gajdi, ta chujte "Hush, bagpipes, so you can hear
koj si sûs naze nadpjava. who with us is competing with us.
Dali e pile slavejche is it a nightingale
ili e siva gugutka?" or is it a gray dove?"
  
Nito je pile slavejche, It's neither a nightingale
nito je siva gugutka, nor is it a gray dove,
naj mi e bulka Nedelja, rather it's the young wife Nedelja,
chorbadzhi Sivuva nevesta. rich Sivo's bride.
  
Blazej na Sivo chorbadzhi Good fortune to rich Sivo
che ima bulche hubavo for having a beautiful wife,
che ima bulche hubavo for having a beautiful wife
deto si gajda nadpjava! who can out-sing a bagpipe!