Wernyhora

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Wernyhora; a painting by Jan Matejko
Wernyhora; a painting by Jacek Malczewski

Wernyhora is a legendary 18th century Cossack bard (bandurist) who prophetized (pl) the fall of Poland and its subsequent rebirth and flourishing, "from Black to White sea".

He has been a subject of several folklore tales and poems (particularly in the 19th century romanticism in Poland). Most notably he has been a character in works of Seweryn Goszczyński (Vernyhora), Michał Czajkowski (Wernyhora wieszcz ukraiński: powieść historyczna z roku 1768 (1838)), Juliusz Słowacki (Salomea's Silver Dream (pl)) and Stanislaw Wyspiański (The Wedding), as well as a subject of a paintings by Jan Matejko and Jacek Malczewski.

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