Modern Czech Poetry/Forest phantasy

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Jak divno, milý Bože, je mi,
jak ptačí hnízdo zved' bych pod větvemi
kdes v hvozdě ztmělém u skal stinných srazů;
a jak to hnízdo plné sladkých písní
sám šerem stromů
nes bych si domů!
Jak nesu štěstí své a strach mne tísní.
Rci, dítě, donesu je bez úrazu?

Eklogy a písně“ (1880).



Dear God, such strangeness comes o'er me,
As if 'neath boughs a bird's-nest I might see,
In the dark wood where shady rocks are piled;
And I this nest, with dulcet songs bespread
'Mid tree-dimmed air
Should homewards bear.
Thus bear I happiness, but feel this dread, —
Will it abide unharmed, O tell me, child!

“Eclogues and Songs” (1880).

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