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MOUSHEGH, Ishkhan


The Armenian Language is the home of the Armenian

The Armenian language is the home

And haven where the wanderer can own

Roof and wall and nourishment.

He can enter to find love and pride,

Locking the hyena and the storm outside.

For centuries its architects have toiled

To give its ceilings height.

How many peasants working

Day and night have kept

Its cupboards full, lamps lit, ovens hot.

Always rejuvenated, always old, it lasts

century to century on the path

Where every Armenian can find it when he’s lost

In the wilderness of his future, or his past.