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Nehleďte, volečci, (1920)

Part of a series or song cycle:

The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)

Nehleďte, volečci,

Nehleďte, volečci,
tesklivo k úvratím,
nebojte sa o mne,
šak sa vám neztratím!
Stojí černá Zefka
v olšině na kraju
temné její oči
jiskrú ligotajú.
Nebojte sa o mne,
aj gdyž k ní přikročím,
dokážu zdorovat
uhrančlivým očím.

Don't look, my oxen

Don’t look, my oxen,
so sad at my change of heart,
No need to fear that
because of this we must part.
Black-haired Zeffka’s waiting there
by the elder tree,
where like glowing coals of fire
her black eyes watch me.
If I should go near her,
think not that she’d harm me.
I’ll show you, I’ll be safe.
Her eyes will not charm me.

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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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