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The Song of Igor's Campaign,
Igor son of Svyatoslav and grandson of Oleg.

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The Eclipse
and Igor’s




Then Igor glanced up at the bright sun
and saw that from it with darkness
his warriors were covered.
And Igor says to his Guards:
"Brothers and Guards!
It is better indeed to be slain
than to be enslaved;
so let us mount, brothers,
upon our swift steeds,
and take a look at the blue Don."

A longing consumed the prince's mind,
and the omen was screened from him
by the urge to taste
of the Great Don:
"For I wish," he said,
"to break a lance
on the limit of the Kuman field;
with you, sons of Rus, I wish
either to lay down my head
or drink a helmetful of the Don."