Ilia Chavchavadze

Georgian poet and politician; a saint of Georgian Orthodox Church (1837-1907)

Prince Ilia Chavchavadze (Georgian: ილია ჭავჭავაძე; 8 November 183712 September 1907) was a Georgian writer, political figure, poet, and publisher who spearheaded the revival of the Georgian national movement in the second half of the 19th century. He is Georgia's "most universally revered hero.

I stand alone … the mountains, shades
The slumber of my land caress.
O God! O God! when will we wake
And rise again to happiness?

QuotesEdit

Anthology of Georgian Poetry (1948)Edit

Quotes of Chavchavadze from Anthology of Georgian Poetry (1948) by M. Kveselava
  • Ah here, O mother is thy task,
    Thy sacred duty to thy land:
    Endow thy sons with spirits strong,
    With strength of heart and honor bright;
    Inspire them with fraternal love,
    To strive for freedom and for right.
    • Lines to a Georgian Mother, p. 59
  • O mother! hear thy country's plea:
    Nurture thy sons with spirits strong
    Led by the torch of truth whose flame
    Will banish ignorance and wrong.
    • Lines to a Georgian Mother, p. 59
  • No sound doth great the still of night;
    My mother land in silence lies;
    Yet oft is heard an anguished moan
    As Georgia in her slumber sighs.

    I stand alone … the mountains, shades
    The slumber of my land caress.
    O God! O God! when will we wake
    And rise again to happiness?

    • Elegy, p. 60
  • The wood is decked in light green leaf.
    The swallow twitters in delight.
    The lonely vine sheds joyous tears
    Of interwoven dew and light.

    Spring weaves a gown of green to clad
    The mountain height and wide-spread field.
    O when wilt thou, my native land,
    In all thy glory stand revealed?

    • Spring, p. 61

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