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An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/Twilight Yearning

Jan Opolský (b. 1878).

 

TWILIGHT YEARNING

 

O come, thou peaceful dove of even-tide!
The soothing bells grow faint on pasture-ways;
A death-like muteness waxes far and wide,
The forest shrine amid its secrets sways.

Torches on peaks, pale glimmers from the lakes,
Into the gloom in dim array depart;
A mute, great spirit rises o'er the brakes.
Unmoved by solemn rhythms is the heart.

The unconcealèd tracks from earth to earth,
Into the dusk upon their orbits speed;
Nigh is the moment . . . calm of mighty worth,
My youthful soul, conceal thou not thy creed!

 

"The World of the Sad" (1899).

 
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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 1942, 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.