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An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/I go, nor know whither

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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).

 
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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1937, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
Translation:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1970, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.