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In The Tavern. By Hristo Botev

It's hard, it's hard, so give me wine.
Drunk, I can forget the face
the thing you fools cannot define:
where lies glory - and disgrace.

Forget the country of my birth,
my father's dear homely nest,
and those whose souls were never curbed,
whose fighting soul was their bequest.

Forget my family in their need,
my father's grave, my mother's tears,
and those who'd steal a crust of bread
with all the aristocratic airs.

The rich man with his crookedness,
the merchant thirsting for his plunder,
the priest reciting holy mass,
rob from the people who must hunger.

Rob them. All you wanton band.
Rob them. Who will make a fuss?
Soon they'll be too tight to stand:
every hand holds up a glass.

We drink, we sing with recklessness,
we snarl against the tyrant foe,
the taverns are too small for us -
we shout: "To the mountains we shall.

We shout, but when we're sober
we forget our pledges and our phrases
and say no more, and roar with laughter
at the people's sacrifices.

While all the time the tyrant rages
and ravages our native home,
slaughters, hangs and flogs and curses
then fines the people he has tamed.

So fill the glass and let me drink.
Bring my soul its soothing gift
and kill the sober way I think
and let my manly hand grow soft.

I'll drink, despite the enemy,
despite all you, great patriots.
There's nothing near and dear to me,
and you? well. you are idiots.

Botev's Poetry

This poetry is written in the middle of XVIII century. But it's very actual till today.

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  • Cons:some don't
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  • Last visit to Sofia: Dec 2003
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Interesting page. Loved your Vitosha photos. Cheers, Irene

  • Lecaro's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    why don't you tell more about this park/garden?

  • Jul 29, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Nikola Vaptsarov is my fathers cousin. My father is of the Prodanichin line, the son of Dimitri and Marushka. I would love to see a pic of the Nikola Vaptsarov statue.

  • MissyWQ's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    The poetry is interesting but I have no patience to really study to understand. So many books, so little time. If there is no library in Heaven, I'm not going.

  • WrenUSA's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2006 at 8:08 PM

    Awesome site;informative, touching and real. Bravo to you...Amazing amount of time and effort put into these pages..Thank you for sharing your insites in this way...Renee

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2006 at 4:29 AM

    Hello Georgi. Nice photos & insights into your home town, I enjoyed your tips :-) and Metsi is sooo cute! Greetings from Dubai :-) Jess

  • hash09's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2006 at 2:59 AM

    Can't believed that all women here wearin scarf.... is that traditional or they are muslim ?

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 6:29 AM

    I love your Vitosha pics and also your gipsy album. I hope to visit your country one day. Best regards from Belgium, Jean-Pierre

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2006 at 10:50 PM

    what is trash-shopping? is it done as a past time or way of earning a living?

  • Propermark's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2005 at 4:33 AM

    It seems as you know a little Italian! Very Good! Have a nice sunday! I think we share the same interest in girls! :))))

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