An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/Song (Svoboda)
Frant. Xav. Svoboda (b. 1860).
Thy feelings must reach o'er all thy soul,
In deep and in fervent wise;
The gleam of thy deeds and thy strife must abide in the depths below,
And not to the surface rise.
Be not a foolish dreamer, nor hungry for happiness grow,
Thou must live, and every woe
All must thou suffer and live, unheeding each blow;
Never else will incline itself
Over thy brow, the grand
Thought of thy fathers, and ne'er will its radiance flow
Into thine eager hand.
And all our earth, that has learned thro' life to go,
And to weather the tempest's throe,
Will not reach thee its arms! To believe and to live thou must know!
"In Our Air" (1890).