Modern Czech Poetry/Stanzas

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Tak nejprv nestačí nám vesmír celý
a potom všecky tužby naše zkojí
v alkovny stínu jeden koutek stmělý.

Nám zářné slunce nad hlavami stojí,
však patřit v ně se bojíme, jak ptáci,
jenž šťastně minuli bouř v husté chvoji,

a kterým blahem v hrdle zpěv se ztrácí.

Poutí k Eldoradu“ (1882).


First the whole universe avails us not
But then our every yearning pang declines
In a cool alcove's single shadowy spot.

Above our heads the sun in radiance shines,
Yet we fear seeing it, as birds that fled
Safe from the tempest to a clump of pines

And in their gladness no more songs have shed.

“On the Pilgrimage to Eldorado” (1882).

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