ODE TO TSAR NICHOLAS II

balashevBefore the Portrait of the Martyr Tsar

By A. Balashev

(Translated by Helen Azar)

Although your life path may be arduous,

Although your passionate heart may be weary, –

Do not lower your shade,

Do not accept your fate!

When storms drag you down,

Come to Him with your doubts,

And gaze with reverence,

Into His unearthly eyes!

Our sobs seem vain,

From wretchedness of our exile –

Before the laurels of His suffering,

Before His eternal great deed!

May that Regal noble feat

Resurrect in you like a symbol,

Brightening your fruitless path,

And like a guiding torch,

Lead you to Russia’s greatest feat!

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I am gazing at the regal portrait.

My soul is anxious, frozen.

I see a trace of much suffering

And love that forgives all.

The eyes are like heavens, so blue,

Radiant, wise, gentle gaze.

His features are magnificent, kind

Which reveal a pure heart.

He accepted God’s will for all,

So charming and simple!

He stands in the crossroad of Russian fields

Alone in regal full

And nearby are his Children and Empress,

And only a pair of faithful servants –

Their holy righteous faces

And mountains of treachery around them.

With his love he conquered

The evil that mocked him…

Onto the sorrowful but pure heart.

Tears roll down inertly

  21-08-2006

Tatiana Bulanchikova

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One thought on “ODE TO TSAR NICHOLAS II

  1. Hi,
    My name is Samuel Swan, and I am currently studying Russia in revolution, at school in modern history. I was enquiring about “Before the Portrait of the Martyr Tsar”. I could not find anything on the Author and was curious if it was Anastasiya Ivanov Balashev. Any information you have about the Author or the Poem would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply

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