Don Juan 05-015
Canto the Fifth

"Pray, sir," said Juan, "if I may presume,
     What brought you here?" -- "Oh! nothing very rare --
Six Tartars and a drag-chain." -- "To this doom
     But what conducted, if the question's fair,
Is that which I would learn." -- "I served for some
     Months with the Russian army here and there,
And taking lately, by Suwarrow's bidding,
A town, was ta'en myself instead of Widdin."

George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron (1788-1824)