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И смотришь в печали,
И снег синей…
Темные дали,
И блистательный бег саней…
И когда со мной встречаются
Неизбежные глаза, –
Глуби снежные вскрываются,
Приближаются уста…
Вышина. Глубина. Снеговая тишь.
И ты молчишь.
И в душе твоей безнадежной
Та же легкая, пленная грусть.
О, стихи зимы среброснежной!
Я читаю вас наизусть.

3 января 1907

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Moydodyr is a 1923 poem for children by Korney Chukovsky about a magical creature by the same name. The name may be literally translated as “Wash'em'clean”, or “Clean ‘til Holes”. The poem is about a small boy who does not want to wash. He gets so dirty that all his toys, clothes and other possessions decide to magically leave him. Suddenly, from the boy’s mother’s bedroom appears Moydodyr—an anthropomorphic washstand. He claims to have powers over all washstands, soap bars, and sponges. He scolds the boy and calls his soap bars and sponges to wash him. The boy tries to run away, chased by a vicious sponge. The chase is described as happening on Petrograd streets. Finally they meet another recurring character from Chukovsky’s books—the Crocodile. The Crocodile swallows the sponge and becomes angry with the boy for being so dirty. Scared by the Crocodile, the boy goes back to Moydodyr and takes a bath. The poem ends with a moralistic note to children on the virtue of hygiene.