An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/Song (Toman)
Karel Toman (b. 1877).
By every stream, by every way,
The mournful poplars heaved a sigh;
What balm will sooth the heart, O say,
When painful memories are nigh?
Thy land converseth with the night
Within thy heart—know'st this distress?
Around thee wood and mountain-height,
Oh, unto whom would'st thou confess?
And women round with blossoms fare,
And they sing ditties that lament,
And in thy soul that is so bare,
With vanity the gloom is blent.
"The Melancholy Pilgrimage" (1906).