What can fit symphonic metal better than Russian classical poetry?
This song tells the story of two letters sent in 1827. A note sent by Alexander Pushkin to his Decembrist fellows imprisoned at hard labour in Siberia, and the reply he secretly received.
Deep in mines, let naught
Subdue your proud and patient spirit.
Toil and lofty thought
Shall not be wasted – do not fear it.
Hope – Misfortune’s friend –
From sombre dungeon pain will banish;
‘Twill come to an end
Joy will awake and sorrow vanish.
Locks will burst – rejoice! –
And love and friendship ‘thought delusion
As this Freedom’s voice,
Will reach you in your grim seclusion
Walls will crash. Content,
Will prison fall, will grant you freedom
And your brothers then
Will present you your sword and kingdom
Later Alexander Odoevsky secretly sent his reply:
Poet, do not doubt
We’re proud of our fate and our chains
In our hearts we laugh
A spark – we know – will kindle new flames
Chains will turn to swords
We’ll light again the flame of freedom
Men will rise once more
Will fall the kings, will fall their kingdoms!
Lyrics by A Pushkin and A. Odoevsky
Translated by I.Zheleznova and Deatharmony