Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Tale of Tsar Saltan...

... of his son, the glorious and mighty knight
prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the fair Swan-princess ...

... He had listened by their gate
Whither he'd been led by fate ...

... In the dark Sky clouds are shifting,
In the sea a cask is drifting ...

...And the merchants, honoured guests,
Palacewards their footsteps make
With our gallant in their wake.
There, in regal raiments, sate
Tsar Saltan in royal state...

... Pensively Guidon once more
Gazes seaward from the shore.
Suddenly, before his sight
Swam the graceful swan, snow-white...

...Then they all sat down to feast
Where their laughter never ceased...

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The tale of Tsar Saltan
by Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837)
Written in 1899

Biography Aleksandr (Sergeyevich) Pushkin
by Petri Liukkonen, Director of The Kuusankoski Library, Finland

Drawings (1904) by Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942)
Stil Modern/Russian Art Nouvean
An illustrated biography of I. Bilibin