IN the modern world, tribute bestowed is usually carefully blocked out for television cameras or handed to the press in mimeographed texts. It was, therefore, a breath of refreshing antiquity when Lord Caradon, Britain's chief U.N. delegate, last week took the floor of the Security Council to celebrate something in proper heraldic verse. His rhyme pays tribute to Russia's efforts in winning U.N. endorsement of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and his hero, slightly less than epic, is the head of Russia's negotiating team, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily V. Kuznetsov:

When prospects are dark and hopes are dim

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