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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/The Goblet of my Heart

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2. THE GOBLET OF MY HEART.

 

O, in how anxious wise my peaceful heart I bear,
O, with what boundless dread I bear it on through life!
I shun the road whereon fierce battle has its lair,
I shun the sloping path, where jeopardy is rife.
But for such care as this I gave it soothing calm,
And for its sake I gaired a shelter from such care,
A haven from all torment, silence, peaceful balm.
O, in how anxious wise my peaceful heart I bear.

How anxiously I bear my goblet, crystal wrought,
With it how fearfully my peaceful way I go,
Far from carouses, where in burning pangs distraught,
Revellers pledge a health from cups that overflow,
Sadness has gnawed therein a rent for evermore,
But for such care I slowly, patiently have brought
The wine of tears, my heart's-blood, which therein I pour. . .
How anxiously I bear my goblet crystal-wrought!

 
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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 1957, 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.