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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Song of the Night Mists

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KAZIMIERZ PRZERWA-TETMAJER.

 

1. SONG OF THE NIGHT MISTS.

 

Softly, softly, let us wake not streams that in the valley sleep,
Let us with the wind dance gently o'er the spaces wide and deep.
Let us like a mighty garland round the moon ourselves entwine,
That our bodies, filled with radiance, in a rainbow-hue may shine.
Let us quaff the roar of torrents that are merged into the lake,
And the gentle noise of firs and of the pine-trees in the brake.
Balmy scent of blossoms blooming on the mountains let us drink;
Filled with music, fragrance, colour, let us rise to heaven's brink.
Softly, softly, let us wake not streams that in the valley sleep,
Let us with the wind dance gently o'er the spaces wide and deep.

Lo, a star falls!—Let us fly and hold it fast in our embrace,
Let us fly to greet it, ere 'tis shattered, leaving not a trace.
ith the milky down, the filmy coat of darkness let us play,
With the plumage of the night-owls wheeling upwards and away.
Let us speed to catch the flitter-mouse, so softly flying past,
E'en as we, and in our tiny meshes let us hold him fast.
Let us flit from peak to peak, like to gently swaying bridges.
By the shafts of starlight fastened to the corners of the ridges.
And upon them rests the wind that for a moment bates its soaring,
Ere afresh it rends us down and drives us onward, dancing, roaring!

 
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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 1940, 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.

 
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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 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.