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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Russian Soldier
By Nikolay Nekrasov (1821–1877)
 
Translation of John Pollen

THEN up there comes a veteran,
    With medals on his breast;
He scarcely lives, but yet he strives
    To drink with all the rest.
“A lucky man am I,” he cries,        5
And thus to prove the fact he tries:
“In what consists a soldier’s luck?
    Pray listen while I tell.
In twenty fights or more I’ve been,
    And yet I never fell.        10
And what is more, in peaceful times
    Full weal I never knew;
Yet all the same, I have contrived
    Not to give Death his due.
Again, for sins both great and small        15
    Full many a time they’ve me
With sticks unmercifully flogged,
    Yet I’m alive, you see!”
 
 
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