Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin
Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin Poems
- God O Thou, who's infinite in space, Alive in ever-moving ...
- Felitsa God-like Tsarevna Of the Kirgiz-Kaisatskii horde! ...
- The Bullfinch Why do you strike up songs military ...
- The Current Of Time's River The current of time's river Will...
- On The Death Of Prince Meshche... O, Voice of time! O, ...
- The Swan I'll leave the mortal world behind, Take wing in an...
- Monument I built myself a monument, eternal and ...
Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin was arguably one of the greatest Russian poets before Alexander Pushkin, as well as a statesman. Although his works are traditionally considered literary classicism, his best verse is rich with antitheses and conflicting sounds in a way reminiscent of John Donne and other metaphysical poets.
Derzhavin was born in Kazan. His distant ancestor Morza Bagrim, who relocated from the Great Horde in the 15th century to Moscow, was baptized and became a vassal of the Russian Grand Prince Vasily II. Nevertheless, by the 18th century Derzhavin's father was just a poor country squire who died when Gavrila was still young. He received a little ... more »
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O Thou, who's infinite in space,
Alive in ever-moving matter,
Eternal in the flow of time,
God faceless, with a trinity of faces!
Soul unified and omnipresent,
Who needs no place or reason,
Whom none can ever comprehend,
Whose being permeates all things,
Encompassing, creating, guarding,
Thou, called by us God.
Although a great mind might contrive
To fix the ocean's depths,
To count the sands, the rays of stars,
Thou can't be summed or fixed!
Enlightened souls who have emerged
From your creative light
Cannot begin to grasp your ways: