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Quotation by Marina Tsvetaeva
Better to die, or not to have been born,
than hear that plaining, piteous convict wail
about these beautiful dark eyebrowed women.
It's soldiers who sing these days. O Lord God.
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892–1941), Russian poet; relocated to Czechoslovakia. "A low white sun ...," lines 13-16, as translated by Elaine Feinstein (1938).
Written to protest the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, where she was living in exile from her native Russia.
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