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The Lamp of the Illuminator
Vahan Tekeyan

In the uncountable array of stars
there is one that is ours alone.
It fixes itself over Arakadz,
different and apart from the rest,
as if another hand hung it in secret
to give hope to Armenian eyes,
lit it from Gregory's light,
filling it with tears not oil.
Just as the faithful each day
are energized by the sight
of the Ararat crest,
so they are strengthened at night
as the star brightens in their souls
growing, growing into a new sunrise.

About The Poet

Vahan Tekeyan

Vahan Tekeyan was known as a perfectionist, because he always looked for the precise word. He was born in Istanbul in 1978 and educated in the Armenian schools there. His first poems were collected and published in 1901. Besides his own books, he published translations of French symbolist poetry and the sonnets of Shakespeare. The sonnet remained his favorite form.

During the 1896 persecutions, Tekeyan left Istanbul for Europe. He returned, but subsequently settled in Egypt, where he was active in Armenian political life and edited the Armenian newspaper, Arev.

His books are "Burdens" (1901), "The Wonderful Rebirth" (1914), "From Midnight Until Dawn" (1918), "Love" (1933), "Armenian Songs" (1943), and "Book of Odes" (1944).