"Nero"

That people which bestowed victory upon Nero
is more deserving of shame than he.

What was that Nero whom they worshipped?

He was coarse and ignorant,
a dwarf whom they raised on high.

They crawled before him and he grew in arrogance.

They glorified him and extended his shadow
until it filled the earth with crime.

They gave him of their power, so he became a tyrant over them, and worse.

The ruler oppresses only when he has no fear of the ruled revolting.

Some denounce Nero, but I, the nation;
had it defied him, retreat would have been his lot.

Every nation creates its own Nero,
be he called “Caesar” or “Chosres”.

“Nero”, by Khalil Mutran, 1924.

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