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174 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1853
Above the river Orlice I saw a church
and heard its golden bell. It extinguished
the rush of fierce passion first,
then the ancient Czech sincerity.
When Czech’s godly virtues – love, hope, and faith –
turned musty and stale from disuse,
the church hid itself in the depths of the earth,
and water then flooded the place.
(from “The Prophetess”)
And their path moves down the lowlands,
across water, meadows, fens,
and in the swamps and in the cane,
Blue lights flicker off and on:
they form two rows with nine in each,
as when a body’s laid to rest.
From the stream the frogs emerge,
croaking out a funeral dirge.
(from Wedding Shirts)
”Bury me in the green forest instead,
Heather will bloom there around my head;
birds will sing for me day and night,
there will my heart rejoice and delight.”