Photographer's Note

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 until that day
I know nothing 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.

It is a poem by a Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.
The poem is titled "Testament", (Zapovit, 1845), a translation by John Weir (Toronto, 1961).
This photo presents a monument of Taras Shevchenko along the Freedom Avenue (проспект Свободи) in Lviv. In the background you can see the back of the Church of the Most Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (Гарнізонний храм святих апостолів Петра і Павла).
If you want to see the view in the opposite direction look at his photo:
Freedom Avenue is a wide promenade in Lviv City Centre which has Lviv Opera House on the north end, statue of Taras Shevchenko in the middle and the statue of Adam Mickiewicz at the south end.

Info from Wikipedia:
Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Тара́с Григо́рович Шевче́нко, 1814 – 1861) was a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language, though the language of his poems was different from the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator. In 1847 Shevchenko was politically convicted for explicitly promoting the independence of Ukraine, writing poems in the Ukrainian language, and ridiculing members of the Russian Imperial House.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taras_Shevchenko

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