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Sbohem, rodný kraju (1920)


Part of a series or song cycle:

The Diary of One who Disappeared, (Zápisník zmizelého)


Sbohem, rodný kraju

Sbohem, rodný kraju,
sbohem, má dědino!
Navždy sa rozlúčit,
zbývá mi jedino.
Sbohem, můj tatíčku,
a i vy, maměnko,
sbohem, má sestřičko,
mých očí poměnko!
Ruce vám obtúlám,
žádám odpuštění,
už pro mne návratu
žádnú cestú není!
Chci všechno podniknút,
co osud poručí.
Zefka na mne čeká,
se synem v ná-ručí!

Then farewell, dearest land

Then farewell, dearest land,
then farewell from my heart,
all that’s left for me now
is to say we must part.
So goodbye, father dear,
and to you, mother dear,
and goodbye, sister sweet,
you with your eyes so clear.
See my hands raised to you,
please forgive ev’rything.
There can be no return
from the life I’m beginning.
No escape can there be,
fate’s bidding must be done.
Zeffka waits for me there,
in her arms, my own son.

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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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