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Hajsi!, vy siví volci (1920)

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The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)

Hajsi!, vy siví volci

Hajsi!, vy siví volci,
bedlivo orajte,
nic vy se k olšině
nic neohledajte!
Ode vrdéj země
pluh mi odskakuje,
strakatý fěrtúšek
listím pobleskuje.
Gdo tam na mne čeká
nech rači zkamení
moja chorá hlava
v jednom je plameni.
Gdo tam na mne čeká,
nech rači zkamení.

Hey, there my tawny oxen

Hey, there my tawny oxen,
careful how you pull the plough,
don’t look towards the elders,
follow the furrow now,
where the ground is hard,
the plough springs back and lurches
still I can see that bright kerchief
through the branches.
Who’s there waiting for me?
Oh that she would turn to stone!
My poor head is throbbing,
and like a fire has grown.
Who’s there waiting for me?
Oh that she were turned to stone!

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Leoš Janáček was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style.

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