An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/I go, nor know whither
Karel Babánek (b. 1872).
I GO, NOR KNOW WHITHER
I go, nor know whither, and o’er the world stray,
And I know not the place where my footsteps I stay.
I go like a leaf, from its resting-place torn,
That afar on the tempest of autumn is borne.
I go, nor know whither, no comrade have I,
But I ask not the way, without heaving a sigh.
I, vagabond, king, o’er the world wander free,
In the train of my yearning I ever shall flee.
In the train of my yearning, each day as it goes,
Till slumber eternal shall bring me repose.
"Songs of a Vagabond" (1902).