Hovhannes Toumanian Poems
- The Crane The Crane has lost his way across the heaven, ...
- With The Stars O shining stars! Eyes of the night, Glowing ...
- The Ancient Blessing 'Neath a hazel's green, gathered in a ...
- David Of Sasun Lion-Mher of fabled glory For forty years at ...
- Parvana The high-throned Abul and Metin ...
- Akhtamar Beside the laughing lake of Van A little hamlet ...
- In The Armenian Mountains The way was heavy and the night was...
Hovhannes Tumanyan was an Armenian author, public activist who is considered by many to be the national poet of Armenia. His work was mostly written in tragic form, often centering on the harsh lives of villagers in the Lori region.
Hovhannes Tumanyan was born in February 19, 1869 in the village of Dsegh, which was part of the Tiflis Governorate of the Russian Empire, and now is located in Lori Province of Armenia. His father was an offspring of an Armenian princely family of Tumanyan (branch of the house of Mamikonian) and the village's priest and his mother an avid storyteller with a particular interest in fables, Tumanyan had incorporated many of the themes... more »
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The Crane has lost his way across the heaven,
From yonder stormy cloud I hear him cry,
A traveller a'er an unknown pathway driven,
In a cold world unheeded he doth fly.
Ah, whither leads this pathway long and dark,
My God, where ends it, thus with fears obsessed?
When shall night end this day's last glimmering spark?
Where shall my weary feet to-night find rest?
Farewell, beloved bird, where'er thou roam
Spring shall return and bring thee back once more,
With thy sweet mate and young ones, to thy home
Thy last year's nest upon the sycamore. ...