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Táhne vůňa k lesu (1920)

Part of a series or song cycle:

The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)

Táhne vůňa k lesu

Táhne vůňa k lesu
z rozkvetlé pohanky –
„Chceši, Janku, vidět,
jak spíja cigánky?
Chceši vědět,
jak spíja cigánky?“
Halúzku zlomila,
kameň odhodila.
„Tož už mám ustlané“
v smíchu prohodila.
„Zem je mi za polštář,
nebem sa přikrývám
a rosú schladlé ruce
v klíně si zahřívám.“
V jednéj sukénce
na zemi ležala
a moja poctivost
pláčem usedala, pláčem usedala.

From the rip'ning cornfield

From the rip’ning cornfield,
oh what sweet odours creep?
Will you let me show you
how Gypsy people sleep?
Shall I show you the way
the Gypsies sleep?
She brushed some twigs away,
threw some pebbles after,
‘Behold my bed’ she said,
then she shook with laughter.’
‘Earth is my pillow
and heaven my covering,
I warm my fingers in my lap
when they’re shivering.’
In her tattered skirt,
there on the ground she lies,
and for my virtue’s sake
tears spring to my sad eyes.

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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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