Kristijonas Donelaitis


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Kristijonas Donelaitis (January 1, 1714 in in Lasdinehlen near Gumbinnen, Kaliningrad Oblast – February 18, 1780 in Tollmingkehmen, Kaliningrad Oblast; Latin: Christian Donalitius) was a Lithuanian Lutheran pastor and poet. He lived and worked in Lithuania Minor, a territory in the Kingdom of Prussia, that had a sizable minority of ethnic Lithuanians. He wrote the first classic Lithuanian language... more »

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Joys Of Spring

The climbing sun again was wakening the world
And laughing at the wreck of frigid winter's trade.
The icy season's grip was thouroughly undone,
And heaps of high-piled snow had dwindled down to naught.
Each day a soft south breeze caressed the barren fields
And coaxed each blade and leaf to rise again and live.
Each hill and dale had cast away the snowy furs;
The bush and heath were glad to heed the springtime's call.
All things that died away in tearful autumn's mire,
All things that lay in sleep beneath the winter's ice,
Or huddled shivering under a ...

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