The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan of Turkey (1880-1891) by Ilya Repin
I love this painting. It’s based on a legend in which the Cossacks respond to a Turkish Sultan’s demand that they submit to his authority. The letter that they’re delighting in writing apparently went as follows:
Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Turkish Sultan!
Thou art a turkish imp, the damned devil’s brother and friend, and a secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight art thou that cannot slay a hedgehog with your naked ass? The devil shits, and your army eats. Thou son of a bitch wilt not ever make subjects of Christian sons; we have no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck thy mother.
Thou art the Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian villain, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, a fool before our God, a grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig’s snout, mare’s arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw thine own mother!
So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. Thou wilt not even be herding Christian pigs. Now we shall conclude, for we don’t know the date and don’t have a calendar; the moon/month’s in the sky, the year in the book, the day’s the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our ass!
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