Byelorussian Renaissance Verse

The earliest examples of verse composition in Middle Belarusian are connected with the name of Francis Skaryna, the first Belarusian printer and universal genius. In literary history he is known as the author of the Prefaces or introductions to the various books of the Bible which he printed in Prague in 1517. In several of these he placed short rhymes or verses in which he explained the significance of each book, and added a few of his own reflections.