Oh, to whom I only didnít put the hats on! Mon dieu! - talked with such great heads!... On their heads I pulled on such hats, That those enemies were on the spot struck down! I saw daredevils, reckless men: In their eyes is fire, in their mouth obscenities and gags!... But there were, however, among them such hats, That I even wouldnít put on the hats on them... And on the great king and on the satrap it would, And on the negro, and on Pope in Vatican, - The hats are looking good on all! Will you agree at last, that itís as good as done, - But not for the head, but for the soul!
© Anatoli Trojanowski. Translation, 2018