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 looked upon the fields so beautifully green,
I looked upon the hills and vale between,
By shade and sunshine flecked with day and night;
And then I heard the mountain breezes tread
Their wooded sides, like leafy steps that led
Down to the broad and blue bright river’s bed,
Dwindling in distance to a line of light.
I gazed, and gazed,—till all my senses caught
The earthy charm. Then waked the fevered thought:
“Drink, O my spirit, of thy cup of bliss,
That ne’er can fail thee in a world like this!”
The charm is gone! Ah, wherefore was it sent,
To leave this vague and haunting discontent?
I saw it rise, like moving meadow mists,
Before my path, as ’t were a thing of sight;
E’en as that vapory sea, drinking the light
Fresh from the sun, and showering rubies bright
Where’er it breaks, and purple amethysts.
Ay, so it seemed. And then I saw it paled,
Till, like that mimic sea, ’t was all exhaled.
Then from her plumbless depth,—to mock the whole,—
Dark in her mystery, came forth the Soul.
And now,—O, what to me this marvellous Earth
But one vast show of misery and mirth,
In fearful alternation wheeled through space;
Where life is death; where the dead dust doth grow,
And push to air, and drink the dew, and blow
In fragrant flowers, that in their turn re-sow
Their parent soil for some new living race;
Where crumbled sepulchres uprise in thrones,
And gorgeous palaces from dead men’s bones;
Where, like the worm, the proudest lips are fed,
The delicate, the dainty, on the dead.
Ah, glorious vanity! Ah, worse than vain
To him who counts its whole possession gain,
Or fondly seeks on Earth one point of rest,—
E’en though it be the imperial house of Fame,
That still ’mid falling empires stands the same:
Alas! that house of breath but stays his name,—
His restless spirit passes like a guest.
No,—there ’s a spark that in the dullest lives;
That once to all its light spiritual gives,
Revealing to the soul a void so vast
Not all in time may fill,—not all the past!
And yet there are, who, ever doubting, deem
This inward light the fiction of a dream,
Contemptuous turning to the reasoning day:
While some with outward things e’en hope to close
The too-obtruding gulf, and buy repose
From ear and eye; or with fantastic shows
In pride of intellect around it play.
Vain toil of unbelief! For who may flee
This fearful warrant of his destiny,
That tracks the royal skeptic to his throne,
Marking his fealty to a world unknown?
O, rather let me, in the void I feel,
With no misgiving seek my lasting weal:
Things blank and imageless in human speech
Have oft a truth imperative in might;
And so that stream, unnamed, unknown of sight,
Unheard of ear, that thence doth day and night
Flow on the Soul; and she doth feel it reach
Her deepest seat of life, and knows her home
Is whence that dim, mysterious stream doth come;
Where all without is peace, all peace within,—
A home closed only to the rebel, Sin.
Then be not in me quenched that inward ray,
Shed on my spirit when this moving clay
First took the wondrous gift, its life. O, never
May things of sense beguile me to the brink
Of that dark fount of Pride, of which to drink
Is but to swallow madness,—when to think
Will only be to doubt, till darkness ever
Wall up the soul. But let Humility,
Born of the obedient will, my guide still be
Through this fair world,—though changing, yet how fair!—
Till all shall be to me as things that were.