Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky zagovor

There are certain defeats
that are more resounding

than victories
The defeat of my Russian army
near Revel

will spark off the revolt
Tsar Ivan has fled the wrath
of the boyars

and taken refuge
in Alexandrov

The Moscow boyars,
the Kolychevs,

have managed to get some
messages through

The Tsar is assailed
on every side

like a baited bear
The boyars are seething with

the Tsar will fall
without a blow being struck

and the throne of Moscow
will be free for a new Tsar
well-disposed towards Poland

God in his wisdom decreed
that Lithuania, Poland

and the Baltic States should
serve as the outposts of Europe

in order that the civilized
nations of the West

might be protected from
the Muscovite barbarians

They say the Muscovites
eat children alive

Russian soil is fertile.
The herds are well-fed

The sub-soil conceals
inexhaustible riches

Of course, the Russians
have to be kept down

But a strong man on the throne
of Moscow would shatter

the most cherished dreams of
all the European sovereigns

We need the dim-witted
Vladimir Staritsky

We must support the rebel boyars