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Letí straka, letí, (1920)


Part of a series or song cycle:

The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)


Letí straka, letí,

Letí straka, letí,
křídlama chlopotá,
ztratila sa sestře
košulenka z plota.
Gdo jí ju ukradl,
oj, gdyby věděla,
věckrát by se mnú
řečnovat nechtěla.
Oh, Bože, rozbože,
jak sem sa proměnil,
jak sem své myšlenky
ve svém srdci změnil.
Co sem sa modlíval,
už sa hlava zbyla,
jak gdyby sa pískem
zhlybeň zařútila!

See that thieving magpie

See that thieving magpie
suddenly fly away!
Did it steal the skirt
my sister washed on Monday?
If she should ever
know it was no magpie’s beak,
she would disown me,
no more to me she’d speak.
Oh my Lord God,
what a change has come over me.
In my desperation,
what strange fancies stir me.
And pray’rs confuse my mind
– these I can’t unravel.
All is like a stream
that’s sluggish, clogged with gravel.

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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.


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