By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. the right way to clutch it? This lecture room reader is designed to answer that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the middle cultural and historical topics of Russia's civilisation. every one textual content has resonance during the arts - in Rublev's icons, Meyerhold's theatre, Mousorgsky's operas, Prokofiev's symphonies, Fokine's choreography and Kandinsky's work. This fabric is supported by way of introductions, beneficial annotations and bibliographies of assets in all media. The reader is meant to be used in classes in Russian literature, tradition and civilisation, in addition to comparative literature.
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Glory be to Thee, my Christ, to Thy great Compassion, that Thou hast directed my worldly feet onto the right way, running to Thee without fault. Look down from Thy holy heights and see the sickness of my heart, which I caught from my kinsman, that for Thy sake I am killed this day. 28 I am counted as a sheep for the slaughter. For Thou knowest, my Lord, that I shall neither resist nor speak contrarily. Though I had all my father's troops in my hands and all whom my father loved, yet I plotted nought against my brother.
And they ran him through on that spot. And as he was wounded, Boris ran out of the tent in haste. And those standing around him began to say: "Why do you stand gazing? " And upon glancing tearfully up at the heavens and sighing bitterly, he began to pray with these words: "God of many mercies, my merciful and most merciful Lord! Glory be to Thee, that Thou hast made me worthy to flee from the deception of this deceitful life. Glory be to Thee, most compassionate Giver of life, that Thou hast made me worthy of the suffering of the holy martyrs.
Where are their lives and their worldly glory, the purple robes and silks, the silver and gold, the wines and meads, the fine food and swift steeds, the great and beautiful homes, the many possessions, the tribute and countless honors, and the pride in their boyars? All this already is for them as though it had never been. Everything has vanished with them, 15 and there is no help from any one of them or from their possessions, from a multitude of slaves or from the glory of this world. "17 Continuing on his way, he considered the beauty and goodliness of his body and was completely choked with tears.