Ghulam-Reza Ruhani, early 20th century Persia
I remember despotic times
those days were good, everything cheap;
life was slow, uninterfered with,
bread, farthing a loaf,
and butter, fourpence a pound.
It was quiet and carefree
on hearts in disarray,
with only a single robber in the land,
and he a king.
But now, in every hamlet, borough-council,
Chamber of Deputies and Senate House,
thieves are all called:
Milord and Your Honor!
Those were the days of liberty,
under despotism we were free.