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Calamity Again [english]

Szewczenko Taras


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
Toronto







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