Tsar Lazar of noble ancestry!
Which kingdom will you choose?
Will you choose the earthly kingdom?
Or you will choose the heavenly kingdom?
If you choose the earthly kingdom…
All your army will perish,
And you, O Prince, will die with them”
After the tsar heard these words,
He pondered all sorts of thoughts:
“Dear God, what shall I do and how shall I?
Which kingdom shall I choose?
Shall I choose the earthly kingdom?
Or shall I choose the heavenly kingdom?
The earthly kingdom lasts only a brief time,
But the heavenly kingdom always and forever.”
So the Tsar chose the heavenly kingdom..
Then the Turks mounted their attack against Lazar.
And the Serbian Prince Lazar perished,
Together with his entire army,
Seventy-seven thousand a number,
And all was holy and honorable
And acceptable to gracious God…
(from the epic cycle of Kosovo)
Originally at: http://www.srpska-mreza.com:80/mlad/KH-3.htm