Open main menu

An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/The Ore Mountains

< An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry

THE ORE MOUNTAINS

 

Their peaks in proud and gloomy wise
'Mid solemn stillness to the skies
The Cheskian hills in distant haze
Northward raise.
Hark! from their depths what sounds arise.

No shepherds loom upon the sight
By sheep-folds, and no sound takes flight
Of angels' harps, and angels' singing:
'Mid the bells ringing
Seethes Cheskian blood that loves the right.

But thou hear'st, the stillness rending,
The gloomy thunder-pea! ascending.
The smiths are speeding, and they fashion
The mighty passion
Of slayers proud, the breach defending.

Thou hear'st the sound of metals roaring,
Sparks are singing, sparks are soaring;
Renown he whets in skilful toil
With keen-edged foil,
Who for the golden fleece is warring.

In youthful strength from depths of hills
He rises 'mid our strife and ills;
'Neath clouds o'er earth the flashes dart,
Within each heart,
Melts, at his gaze, the crust that chills.

Their peaks in proud and gloomy wise
'Mid Yule-tide stillness to the skies
The Cheskian hills in distant haze
Northwards raise.
'Tis thence the victors’ tread doth rise.

All hail, our souls 'mid contest cheer,
And man to man be ever near,
Pure-souled to toil devote thyself,
Unbrided by pelf—
All hail, for now the time is here.

 

"A Vintage" (1911).

 

 
Copyright.svg PD-icon.svg This work is a translation and has a separate copyright status to the applicable copyright protections of the original content.
Original:

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


The author died in 1939, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 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.