It’s terrible to lie in chains… But it’s still worse, when you are free to sleep… – Taras Shevchenko.

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It’s terrible to lie in chains,
To rot in dungeon deep,
But it’s still worse, when you are free
To sleep, and sleep, and sleep.

It’s wicked for the rest of us
to go to sleep
when some of us
are rotting in dungeon deep;
if we saw everyone as us,
wouldn’t we realize that an injury to one
is an injury to all?


we should remember that when the beast
devours one
and goes scot free today,
it will be emboldened to come for more
the next day;


today, the victim is a distant stranger,
tomorrow, the victim may be someone dear to your heart

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To rot in dungeon deep,
But it’s still worse, when you are free
To sleep, and sleep, and sleep. – Taras Shevchenko.

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Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Тара́с Григо́рович Шевче́нко [tɐˈrɑz ɦrɪˈɦɔrowɪtʃ ʃeu̯ˈtʃɛnko]; 9 March [O.S. 25 February] 1814 – 10 March [O.S. 26 February] 1861), also known as Kobzar Taras, or simply Kobzar (kobzars are bards in Ukrainian culture), 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.


Source – Wikipedia.

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