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Viche 2008 5

5, 2008

I pray and cry in front of you

150 years ago Taras Shevchenko was in Moscow for a few days


It happened on March, 1026, 1858, when Ukrainian genius returned from distant banishment to Petersburg. It was not the first time he could see White-rock city. He strolled about its streets in 1843 and later. This time he arrived almost at midnight. Nobody met the sick poet. He stayed at a hotel for a silver karbovanets. He wanted to give some coins to the sedate door-keeper, but he didnt manage to put a hand into a pocket. He was tired and with a high temperature (from Nyzhniy Novgorod he drove in a sledge and from Vladimir on a cart), at once he fell asleep which with unrestrained water washed off the last thought written down in his Diary: Oh, Moscow! Oh, caravan- shed.

Mykola SLAVYNSKYI