TARAS SHEVCHENKO - ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH

Mar 10 2018

TARAS SHEVCHENKO

Died 156 Years ago 10 March 1861
 
 
My Testament
(Zapovit)

When I am dead, bury me
In my beloved Ukraine,
My tomb upon a grave mound high
Amid the spreading plain,
So that the fields, the boundless steppes,
The Dnieper's plunging shore
My eyes could see, my ears could hear
The mighty river roar.

When from Ukraine the Dnieper bears
Into the deep blue sea
The blood of foes ... then will I leave
These hills and fertile fields --
I'll leave them all and fly away
To the abode of God,
And then I'll pray .... But till that day
I nothing know of God.

Oh bury me, then rise ye up
And break your heavy chains
And water with the tyrants' blood
The freedom you have gained.
And in the great new family,
The family of the free,
With softly spoken, kindly word
Remember also me.

by Taras Shevchenko.
[Translated by John Weir]
 
Some students from Lviv's Ukrainian Catholic University and Kyiv's Banking University formed an ad hoc choir to sing Taras Shevchenko's Testament in Ukraine, on March 9, 2014....
 
 
 
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Why Weighs The Heart Heavy?
 
Why weighs the heart heavy? ? Why drags life so dreary?
Why is the heart weeping and sobbing and sighing
As a child cries from hunger? Heart, heavy and weary,
What do you long for? Why are you sighing?
Are you longing for food or for drink or repose?
Slumber, my heart, for eternity sleeping,
Uncovered and shattered... Let hateful people
Rage on... O my heart, let your eyes gently close! ...
 
- by Taras Shevchenko

 


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