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The Tsar’s Path

Russia. A railway carriage. Abdication.
All around, treason, cowardice and deceit.
A merchant’s house. Captives of revolution.
Golgotha. Crucifixion. A fog-bound street.

A road. In the forests dark a sudden glade.
Beneath the stars burns a bonfire full of dread,
Where a half-drunken murderer, unafraid,
Flings an axe, crimson with the blood of the dead.

Daybreak. Resurrection. Prayers are made.
And crowns for faithfulness from heaven descend.
The people. Armies mass. A battle is laid.
Victory and glory. Sovereign might. Then the end.

Fr Andrei Logvinov, 1992 (Translation by Fr Andrew).

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