Dear God, calamity again! ...
It was so peaceful, so serene;
We but began to break the chains
That bind our folk in slavery ...
When halt! ... Again the people`s blood
Is streaming! Like rapacious dogs
About a bone, the royal thugs
Are at each other`s throat again.
Novopetrovsk Fortress, 1854 (?).
Translated by John Weir