Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov

(1787 - 1855 / Russia)

My Inspiration


O recollection of the heart! You're stronger
Than reason's cheerless recollection.
Your sweetness oft
Enchants me in a far-off land.
I recollect her voice, her precious words,
I recollect her azure eyes,
I recollect the golden locks
Of loose and curling hair.
My peerless shepherdess's
Simple clothes I recollect.
Her precious, unforgotten face
Still wanders with me everywhere.
This guardian spirit love bestowed
To comfort me in solitude:
When'er I slumber, it will nestle near
To sweeten cheerless sleep.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Danuta Glendenning (9/16/2006 6:11:00 PM)

    His understanding of mind(heart) over grey matter (reasoning) is borne out of experience. One can feel he tried to master life by contemplation and reasoning, but throws the hat in, when it comes to soothe the pain of loneliness. (Report) Reply

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