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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Ascension Day

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OTON ZUPANČIČ.

 

ASCENSION DAY.

 

Today an Ascension Day I divine.
My heart how it surges and simmers,
My spirit silkily shimmers,
Ag though it had drunk of magical wine.

Mark ye not?—Yonder from forests of gloom,
Hurricanes rage,
Fierce thunderings boom,

And from out of the haze, comes the fitful blaze
Of a blood-red light, like a sword to the sight,—
'Tis the dawn of a coming age.

O, brothers apace, towards life's trace!
At the blood-red sword do not waver.
This sword was not shaped for the braver,
And for him who is hale.
Only tombs this sword overturns, and
But fallen dwellings it burns, and
He who is strong shall prevail.

O, brothers, brothers, the time is at hand!
O, brothers, brothers, how do ye stand?
Are your fields yet garnished for reaping?
Fair stars are in the ascendant,
Seed falls that is golden-resplendent,—
Are your fields yet garnished for reaping?

Shake ye stifling dreams away!
At lightning speed comes Ascension Day,—
In vain shall he cry who now goes astray,—
He only shall see it who bears the array!

"Cez Plan."

 
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Original:

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


The author died in 1949, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 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.