Skip to main content

Songs

Oxford Lieder Live Online

Songs

"Bože dálný, nesmrtelný, (1920)


Part of a series or song cycle:

The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)


"Bože dálný, nesmrtelný,

Bože dálný, nesmrtelný,
proč’s cigánu život dal?
By bez cíle blúdil světem,
štván byl jenom dál a dál?
„Rozmilý Janíčku,
čuješi skřivánky?
Přisedni si přeca
podlevá cigánky!“
Truchlá pěsnička
srdcem hýbala.
Bože mocný, milosrdný!
Než v pustém světě zahynu,
daj mi poznat, daj mi cítit,
daj mi cítit, daj mi cítit.
Smutná pěsnička
srdcem hýbala.
„Pořád tady enom
jak solný slp stojíš,
všecko mi připadá,
že sa ty mne bojíš.
Přisedni si blížej,
ne tak zpozdaleka,
či ťa moja barva
přeca enom leká?
Nejsu já tak černá
jak sa ti uzdává,
gde nemože slnce,
jinší je postava!“
Košulku na prsoch
krapečku shrnula,
košulku na prsoch
krapečku shrnula,
jemu sa všecka krev
do hlavy vhrnula.

God all-powerful, God eternal

God all-powerful, God eternal,
why create the Gypsy race?
Endless wand’ring, never resting,
hunted on from place to place.
Why are you silent, Jan?
Is it the lark you hear?
That the mournful song
filled his heart with pain.
Come and sit beside me,
surely you have no fear.
God all-powerful, God redeemer,
ere I perish in the wilderness,
grant me knowledge of desiring,
grant me knowledge of desiring.
That her mournful song
filled his heart with pain.
Why are you so silent?
Won’t you then come near me?
Being so close to me
seems to make you fear me.
Come and sit beside me
do not think I tease you.
Maybe it’s my colour?
Does my skin displease you?
Don’t think all my body
is so brown and sunburnt,
come and look more closely,
here my skin is snow-white.
Then did she slowly
open her white bodice,
and showed to him her white breasts
so pure, so modest
and all his hot young blood
rushed to his face and burned.

If you would like to use our texts and translations, please click here for more information.

Composer

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.


See Full Entry

Sorry, no further description available.

Previously performed at:

(As part of a song cycle/series:)

Mailing List