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„Vítaj, Janíčku, (1920)

Part of a series or song cycle:

The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)

„Vítaj, Janíčku,

„Vítaj, Janíčku,
vítaj tady v lese!
Jaká šťastná trefa, šťastná trefa,
ťa sem cestú nese?
Vítaj, Janíčku!
Co tak tady stojíš?
Bez krve, bez hnutí,
či snad sa mne bojíš?“
„“ Nemám já sa věru,
nemám sa koho bát,
přišel sem si enom
nákolníček uťat, nákolníček uťat.“
„Neřež můj Janíčku,
neřež nákolníčku!
Rači si poslechni
cigánskú pěsničku!“
Ruky sepjala,
smutno zpívala,
truchlá pěsnička
srdcem hýbala.

Welcome my handsome one

Welcome my handsome one,
I am here to greet you.
Why this stroke of fortune?
What kind twist of fate has let me meet you?
Once more welcome, Jan.
Won’t you then come near me?
Standing there pale and still,
is it that you fear me?
I’ve no cause to fear you,
why should I be afraid?
I’ve come here and I must now
get a new shaft made.
Leave it, my handsome Jan.
Do not be so head-strong.
Leave your work, sit and hear,
I’ll sing a Gypsy song.
Folding then her hands,
softly sang so sad a strain
that the mournful song
filled his heart with pain.

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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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