PBC0165: hope despite defeat
PBC 165 expresses hope for Russia despite recent defeat in 1915 in World War I. One example, directed at the living, mainly women, who “have seen our fathers, and brothers, and beloved sons” and “have been living through the war with them” and now are supposed to be patriots by “giving new citizens for our motherland” (W245). In another example, a soldier hopes to come home “from the bloody field” to see a “happy fate ascend over my dear country” (W34). Still another example proclaims that: “The mind believes in victory” and “The bright hour will come… And our native country will flourish mightily” (W132).