Apollon Nikolayevich Maykov

(1821 - 1897 / Moscow, Russia)

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Mother And Child

'Mother, why weepest thou ever
For my little sister fair?
She is now in heaven's kingdom-
Ah, it must be wondrous there!'

'Yes, she is in heaven's glory,
But in heaven's own land, alas!
There are no butterflies nor flowers-
Nor meadows of velvet grass!'

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