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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Old Ruthenian Folk-song
By Florence Randal Livesay
 
From “Slavic Songs”

Brother, whence comest thou?
From beyond Dunai?
What heardest thou in Ukraine?
 
Nothing have I heard,
Nothing have I seen        5
But horsemen on four sides.
The Russians have covered the mountain.
On that mountain a Turkish horse stands;
On the horse sits a Turk’s young son.
In his right hand he holds a sword;        10
From his left blood flows.
 
On that hill a crow is calling,
And a mother cries over her soldier son.
 
“Don’t cry, mother, do not grieve;
I am wounded, but not badly.        15
My head, in four pieces; my heart, in six;
My white hands in three pieces,
My white fingers in pieces,
My white body is as fine as poppy-seed.
 
“Look for a doctor, mother—        20
The doctor, the young carpenter.
Let him build for me a house
Without doors or windows,
For now am I at the end of my life.”
 
 
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