The Queen's Court Manuscript with Other Ancient Bohemian Poems/The Forsaken

For other English-language translations of this work, see The Forsaken (Queen's Court Manuscript).


Alas! ye woods, ye gloomy woods!
Ye woods of Miletine!
In summer and in winter too,
Why are ye ever green?

Right glad were I did I not weep,
And my poor heart torment;
But, O good people, tell to me,
Who would not thus lament?

Where, where’s my father, father dear?
He in the grave is low;
Where, where’s my mother, mother good?
O’er her the grass doth grow:
Brothers and sisters none remain,
My lover they away have ta’en.