Meanwhile, what disgrace has befallen besieged Kiev?
Crowds of the enemy descended from the hills with
the sunrise. Swords
hit armor; clouds of arrows were released, and the plain
was flooded with blood.
Russians and Pechenegs fell.
The fight continued until the dark of night; neither
the enemy nor the defenders conquered. Deep are their dreams.
young visitor to the glade enjoys the Three Little
hills and forests brighten, and the heavens awake.
Then their sleep is interrupted.
A warrior thunders a battle cry.
A splendid soldier on his steed brings terror among
the enemy. It is
his terrible sword swings, heads fly from shoulders.
The Pechenegs flee.
Ruslan enters the silent tower where Ludmila slumbers.
He touches her calm face with the secret ring.
The princess opens her bright eyes.
She recognizes him! The prince embraces his bride
and they are reunited. Vladimir’s anger expires. Farlaf
admits his terrible villainy and the happy Ruslan forgives
him. Even the dwarf
is accepted into the palace.
Finally, great Prince Vladimir feasts with his entire
W. Marshall is a free-lance writer based in Missouri.
Part one of this series, “Pursuing Their Fate,” appeared
in the May 1995 issue of THE WORLD & I.
The author wishes to thank Nadia Danett for her assistance