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Moji siví volci (1920)

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The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)

Moji siví volci

Moji siví volci,
co na mne hledíte?
Es-li vy to na mne,
esli vy povíte!
Nebudu já biča
na vás šanovat,
budete to potem
budete banovat.
Nejhorší však bude,
vráťa sa k polednu,
jak já jen maměnce
do očí pohlednu!

Now my tawny oxen

Now my tawny oxen,
why do you stare at me?
If you should betray me,
sadly you’ll fare with me.
Just give my secrets up
and I’ll punish you.
Just dare betray me,
my beating will finish you.
But now before me
by far the worst ordeal lies –
how can I go back home?
How face my mother’s 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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