Oh, My Russia!  My wife?
(Blok)


Behold, you are consecrated to me, homeland,
According to Moshe's and Israel's rule.
Bowing maidservant, lost and bending in sand,
I am your husband and redeemer from everything cruel.

And those who devoured you shall be faraway cast
In my life.  And when I die
I ? my head in your hill's lap shall rest its last;
You ? in my blood shall never die.

And towards you, queen, the heart of your husband
Is apprehensive when his mouth your praises does sing.
Behold, you are consecrated to me, homeland,
According to Moshe's and Israel's rule with this ring!



Written by 'Yair', 4 Sivan 5694 (1934).
Translated by Shifra Shomron, 29 Sivan 5765 (July 2005)
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