ALEXEI ROMANOV: “LAMB OF TSARSKOE SELO”

Tsarevich Alexei Romanov- the "Lamb of Tsarskoe Selo"
Tsarevich Alexei Romanov- the “Lamb of Tsarskoe Selo”

THE LAMB OF TSARSKOE SELO 

By Marina Tzvetayeva

(translated by Helen Azar © 2015)

For the boy – the Dove- the Son,

For the young Tsarevich Alexei

Pray, oh pious Russia!

Wipe his angelic eyes,

Remember how on the ground fell

The Uglich dove – Dimitri.

You’re so loving, Mother Russia!

Oh, is it possible that you won’t have enough

Of loving grace – for him?

For the sins of the father do not punish the son.

May peasant Russia save

The lamb of Tsarskoe Selo – Alexei!

April 4, 1917

Third day of Easter

Russian poet Marina Tzvetayeva in 1917
Russian poet Marina Tzvetayeva in 1917

 

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