Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov

(1787 - 1855 / Russia)

Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov
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Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov was the son of Nikolai L'vovich Batiushkov and Aleksandra Grigor'evna Batiushkova (neé Berdiaeva); both parents belonged to the old nobility. Konstantin had three elder sisters (Aleksandra, Elizaveta and Anna) and one younger (Varvara). His father also had children by his second wife, Avdot'ia Tegleva, one of whom, Pompei Batiushkov, later became the publisher of Konstantin's biography and collected works (1885—87), edited by a leading academician, Leonid Maikov. Family tradition spoke of Nikolai as a "nobleman out of imperial favour". His career difficulties could be explained by the unfavorable attitude of Catherine II, caused by his involvement ... more »

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Recovery

As a wild flower hangs its head and wilts
Beneath the reaper's killing scythe,
Ill, I awaited my untimely end
And thought: the fateful hour's nigh.
With eyes already veiled by Erebus' thick gloom,
My heart slowed down its beat:
I was collapsing, disappearing, and it seemed
The sun of youth had set.
Then you arrived, O my heart's joy,
And with the breath of your red lips,
The flaming tears of your bright eyes
The union of our kisses,
The strength of loving words and passionate sighs
You called me back from gloomy realms,
From Orcus's fields and ...

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