Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov
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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Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov Poems
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.
O recollection of the heart! You're stronger Than reason's cheerless recollection. Your sweetness oft Enchants me in a far-off land.
Through horrors of land and horrors of sea Bereft and wandering, Odysseus, God-fearing wretch, sought Ithaca; Unfaltering, he plunged into the gloom of Hades;
BENT o'er his sabre, torrents starting From his dim eyes, the bold hussar Thus greets his cherish'd maid, while parting For distant fields of war:
Epitaph For A Shepherdess
Beloved maidens! Playful and carefree, You sing, you dance and frolic in the glades. I, too, once dwelt in gay Arcadia, I, too, in early days found moments
THERE, where the swift Rhone's waters flow Its verdant banks between; Where fragrant myrtles bending grow, And Rhone reflects their green;
Know'st Thou What Gray Methuselah
Know'st thou what gray Methuselah Pronounced when parting with this life? Man's born a slave, He dies a slave,
The Friend's Shadow
Sunt aliquid manes; letum non omnia finit; Luridaque evictos effugit umbra rogos. PROPERTIUS. _ __
What festival is ancient Rome preparing? Where flow the crowds in noisy waves? Why these aromas, myrrh's sweet smoke And censers all around abrim with fragrant herbs?
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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 ...