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A les je tichý kolem kol (The forest is quiet all around) (1880) Op. 55

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Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs) (Op. 55)

A les je tichý kolem kol (The forest is quiet all around)

A les je tichý kolem kol,
jen srdce mír ten ruší,
a černý kouř, jenž spěchá v dol,
mé slze v lících, mé slze suší.
Však nemusí jich usušit,
necht' v jiné tváře bije.
Kdo v smutku může zazpívat,
ten nezhynul, ten žije, ten žije!

A les je tichý kolem kol (The forest is quiet all around)

All around the woods are so still and silent,
My heart beats so fearfully;
The black smoke sinks ever deeper
And dries the tears on my cheek.
Ah, my tears do not dry,
You must seek out other cheeks!
He who can praise his pain in song,
Will not curse death.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. He frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

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