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|Russian to English translations [PRO]|
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
|Russian term or phrase: Если муха - муху бей! / Взять ее на мушку.|
|Если близко воробей -|
Мы готовим пушку.
Если муха - муху бей!
Взять ее на мушку.
Мультфильм «Бременские музыканты»
This is an epigraph in a chapter about the immune system. Even a decent literal translation would make no sense in English. From what I understand, the implicit sense here is about targetting/fighting bacteria and infections. Of course, the pun муха-мушка makes it all even more complicated. I'd appreciate if anybody could suggest a creative way out. I would definitely consider (encourage) options that have nothing to do with flies, but contain an interesting play on words and could be somehow connected with immunity/protection/fighting diseases, etc.
|English translation:see explanation|
A fly is done away
with fly-trap or with swatter;
but kill a bug of viral sort
with pill and glass of water.
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When foe is near
We shall spear
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