Ward, Charles A. Moscow and Leningrad: A Topographical Guide to Russian Cultural History Vol. 2 Writers, Painters, Musicians and Their Gathering Places K. G. Saur Verlag, Munchen, 1992, Hard Cover, , , ISBN 2147483647 , Very Good
ix, 309 pp. index of names, index of topics, maps. Top edge soiled. Vol. 2 only. The first volume deals with architecture, the buildings and their builders; Vol. 2 with the Cultural History. A seemingly exhaustive, fascinating perigrinage. Bookstores Cemeteries, Churches Hospitals Hotels, Journals Museums, Rental Halls, Restaurants, Salons, Circles, Jours fixes, Schools, Theaters and their habituees. 'One notable feature of cultural life in Msocw and Petersburg in the first half of the nineteenth century was the gathering of literary and artistic leaders at salons, circles, and jours fixes. One of the most famous was that of Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsky, a musician, writer, and music critic. . . . He knew almost everyone in the arts in the capital--writers, poets, composers, performers, men of learning. . . . The Petersburg salon met on Saturdays and was attended by most of the leading names in Russian cultural life--writers Alexander Griboedov, Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, Evgeny Baratynsky, Peter Vyazemsky, Mikhail Lermontov, Lev Tolstoy, Fedor Dostoevsky, Dmitry Grigorovich, Ivan Turgenev, Vissarion Belinsky, Vladimir Sollogub, Evdokia Rostopchina, Peter Pletnev, Andrey Kraevsky, Nikolay Nekrasov, and Ivan Panaev; musicians Mikhael Vielgorsky, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, and Alexander Serov.'
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I do not like to hear him pray
On bended knee about an hour,
For grace to spend aright the day,
Who knows his neighbor has no flour.
I’d rather see him go to mill
And buy the luckless brother bread,
And see his children eat their fill
And laugh beneath their humble shed.
I do not like to hear him pray,
“Let blessings on the widow be,”
Who never seeks her home, to say,
“If want o'ertake you, come to me.”
I hate the prayer so loud and long
That’s offered for the orphan’s weal,
By him who sees him crushed by wrong,
And only with his lips doth feel.
I do not like to hear her pray
With jeweled ear and silken dress,
Whose washerwoman toils all day,
And then is asked to work for less.
Such pious shavers I despise;
With folded hands and face demure,
They lift to heaven their “angel eyes,”
And steal the earnings of the poor.
I do not like such soulless prayers;
If wrong, I hope to be forgiven—
No angel wing them upward bears:
They’re lost a million miles from heaven.