Battle Everlasting

Kevork Hadjian (Photo submitted by Rupen Janbazian)

One year ago on October 6, as the global Armenian community was coming to grips with its nation at war for its very existence, news spread from the battlefield of the devastating loss of Kevork Hadjian, a gifted Lebanese Armenian opera singer, a faithful deacon and a proud member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

A son of Musa Ler and Anjar who repatriated to Armenia with his family in 2004, Hadjian has been immortalized through his unmatched voice and powerful operatic renditions of Armenian patriotic songs and church hymns.  

In honor of his martyrdom and in memory of all heroes who have sacrificed their lives for Artsakh’s liberation, we are humbled to publish the following translation of his 2017 song Յարատեւ Կռիւ

Countless bullets fly blindly,
As the shells howl once more in harmony,
And the trenches sigh from the blow
Of the great blasts of fatal bombs.

Come, morning, come,
Through by-ways, hidden from the enemy,
And light our yearning hearts.

It is time to attack, we are off to battle,
Vengeance is the shield of our invincible heart,
We gather and with spirited strikes
Thwart the enemy’s attack,
We push forward and with spirited strikes
And thwart the enemy’s treachery.

Come, morning, come,
Shun the snare of night, and with the warmth
Of the burning sun,
Embrace our bleeding wounds.

Death is seated at the edge of the positions
And creeps on its next victim,
Our boys are battered in silent sacrifice,
But we still stand, the land cannot be seized,
Our men are dying in silent sacrifice,
But we still stand, the land cannot be seized.

Come, morning of hope,
Come with merciful love,
And save our dreams
From this endless battle of hell.
Come, morning, come,
Come with merciful love,
And save our dreams
From this battle of hell.

Come, morning, come…

Lyrics by Samvel Tadevosyan
Performed by Kevork Hadjian
Translated by Rupen Janbazian and Tatul Sonentz-Papazian upon Hadjian’s request, 2017

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Rupen Janbazian

Rupen Janbazian is the former editor of The Armenian Weekly. He is currently based in Yerevan, where he serves as the director of public relations of the Tufenkian Foundation.
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Tatul Sonentz-Papazian

Tatul Sonentz-Papazian is the former editor of the Armenian Review and director of the ARF and First Republic of Armenia Archives, based in Watertown, Mass. He has been a contributor to the Armenian Weekly for over 50 years. He currently directs the Publications Department of the Armenian Relief Society.
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