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The Ballad of the Children of the Czar

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The children of the Czar   
Played with a bouncing ball

In the May morning, in the Czar’s garden,   
Tossing it back and forth.

It fell among the flowerbeds   
Or fled to the north gate.

A daylight moon hung up
In the Western sky, bald white.

Like Papa’s face,...

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A note from the editor: On this day 100 years ago, Bolshevik revolutionaries killed the Russian Czar Nicholas II and his Romanov family, ending their three centuries of rule.

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