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1648 : FOR COSSACKS, by                    
First Line: Bitter times / the cossack krivno
Last Line: Jewish prey
Subject(s): Cossacks;jews;mysticism - Judaism;pogroms; Judaism

bitter times
the cossack Krivno
in the town of Bar
stood with Lysenko
all those decent people
set a cross up
led our brothers
doomed men broken boned
out of a dark pit
a black grave
Krivno who comforts them
"spoke to your old men
"your bosses
says it gives forth a laugh
"now I speak final words
"both for my men & you
"whose wives & children
"suffer long from
"hunger thirst cold
"ask you to bow to
"cross end blindnesses
"happily live on earth
Jews answer
"silence evil man
"no other words
"better you kill us here
"no change of minds nay nay
"mind's bright as sunlight
"evil man can't work it
"mind knows no other faith
"though we be cut up burnt
"at stake et cetera
image of terror
o genocide for Holy Name
& leaves a desert
strewn with the bones of
Jewish prey

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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