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Dejte klec jestřábu (Give a hawk a cage) (1880) Op. 55

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Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs) (Op. 55)

Dejte klec jestřábu (Give a hawk a cage)

Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého;
nezmění on za ni hnízda trněného.
Komoni bujnému, jenž se pustou žene,
zřídka kdy připnete uzdy a třemene.
A tak i cigánu příroda cos dala:
k volnosti ho věčným poutem, k volnosti ho upoutala.

As long as the falcon can fly above the Tatra mountains

As long as the falcon can fly above the Tatra mountains,
He will never exchange his rocky nest for a cage.
If the wild foal can race across the heath,
He’ll find no pleasure in bridle and reins.
If, O gypsy, nature has given you something,
She has given me freedom all my life.
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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