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An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/The Song of the Heavens, the Stars, Schumann and My Wife

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Hanuš Jelínek (b. 1878).

 

THE SONG OF THE HEAVENS, THE STARS,

SCHUMANN AND MY WIFE

 

Du meine Seele . . .

The heavens have cried their golden tears,

They have cried so still, they have cried;
My soul has sighed with an unknown grief,
It has sighed in its woe, it has sighed.

In embraces of diamonds studded with gold,
Heaven and earth have lain;
A magical strain in my soul is athrob,
Of Schumann a magical strain.

Softly it thrills and my being it fills.
In my soul it is gently streaming;
From this starry night the gaze of my wife
Is beaming so gently, is beaming.

 

(1897).