Kiril Pejcinovic (1771-1845)
About Kiril Pejcinovic
Kiril Pejcinovic was educator who wrote his works in popular language and together with Joachim Krcovski represented the first generation of the contemporary Macedonian literature from the 19th century. Kiril Pejcinovic was born in the village of Tearce by Tetovo, in 1771 and died in 1845 in Lesok.
Kiril Pejcinovic work
Kiril Pejcinovic's literary activity is very modest in its volume and literary value. Kiril Pejcinovic left only few arts for the future generations:
- "Ogledalo - The Mirror",
- "Uteshenie Greshnim",
- "Zitie Kneza Lazara - Comes Lazarus' Hagiography",
- "Epitaph" and,
- several memoirs.
The "Epitaph" is Pejcinovic's latest work and represents biographical memoir written on his grave that says where he was born, educated and worked and where he wanted to be buried. It ends with the with the author's wish that he wants the future generations to remember him for his benevolence.
Kiril Pejcinovic used to work in the monastery that he built, by himself in Lesok, St. Atanasius and in the monastery of Marko, in Susica by Skopje. In 1817, Pejcinovic got a permission by the Abdurahman Pasha (Pasa - local representative of Ottoman authority) to restore the Lesok Monastery Saint Anastasius.
Kiril Pejcinovic art - Epitaph
Tearce is where he was born
Precista and Hilandar where he become a priest
Lesok is the place where he was educated
Under this tombstone is where he lies
From his absence
till Christ's second coming
He has begged of you, his beloved brothers
If you would like to read all this
To say: God save his soul,
Already in the grave he has been eaten by warms
Here lies Kiril's body
in this monastery and Lesok village
Let God bless the work.