Writing the letter to the Sultan - Painting by Ilya Repin
Sultan Mahmud IV’s Letter to the Cossacks
As the Sultan; son of Muhammad; brother of the sun and moon; grandson and viceroy of God; ruler of the kingdoms of Macedonia, Babylon, Jerusalem, Upper and Lower Egypt; emperor of emperors; sovereign of sovereigns; extraordinary knight, never defeated; steadfast guardian of the tomb of Jesus Christ; trustee chosen by God himself; the hope and comfort of Muslims; confounder and great defender of Christians.
I command you, the Zaporozheian Cossacks, to submit to me voluntarily and
without any resistance, and to desist from troubling me with your attacks.
Sultan Mahmud IV
Cossacks Letter to the Sultan!
O sultan, Turkish devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can't slay a hedgehog with his naked ass? The devil excretes, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we've no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.
You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the World and Underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's ass, slaughterhouse cur, un-christened brow, screw your own mother!
So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding Christian pigs. Now
we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moons in the sky, the years with the Lord, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our ass!
Koshovyi Ottaman Ivan Sirko, and the whole Zaporozheian Host