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Modern Czech Poetry/Inscription for an old goblet

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7. NÁPIS NA STARÝ POHÁR.

 

Ve stříbro zasazený rubin
plá trojím věnce do kola,
dí: Hleď pijáku, co z mých hlubin
do tvého nitra plápolá!

A v zlato vrytý s graciemi
se vznáší Apoll na voze,
dí: Požitkem buď věren zemi,
leč myšlenkou spěj k obloze!

4. INSCRIPTION FOR AN OLD GOBLET.

 

A ruby 'mid the silver gleaming
In three-fold garland twined around,
Saith: "Reveller, see, what from me streaming
Its glowing path to thee hath found!"

With graces graved in golden splendour
Apollo on his car doth rise,
Saying: "In joy to earth surrender,
But speed in spirit to the skies!"

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A ve podstavci smaragd svítí
ve listí révy podobě,
dí: Réva tobě věrná v žití
chce růsti též tvém na hrobě.

Dojmy a Rozmary“ (1880).

An emerald, like a vine-leaf weaving
Upon the pedestal its glow,
Saith: "To thy life the vine is cleaving,
And fain upon thy grave would grow!"

“Impressions and Moods” (1880).


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