by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853 - 1912)

Epilogue: Death
Language: English 
1
Death is here and death is there,
Death is busy everywhere,
All around, within, beneath,
Above is death—and we are death.

2
Death has set his mark and seal
On all we are and all we feel,
On all we know and all we fear,

3
First our pleasures die—and then
Our hopes, and then our fears—and when
These are dead, the debt is due,
Dust claims dust—and we die too.

4
All things that we love and cherish,
Like ourselves must fade and perish;
Such is our rude mortal lot—
Love itself would, did they not.

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Smrt", Prague, J. Otto, first published 1901


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Smrt
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the English 
Smrt je zde i tamo host,
všady práce, věř, má dost
s námi, v nás ji nalezneš,
pod námi — my smrt jsme též.

Dovede svou pečeť vrýt’
na náš život, na náš cit,
na náš strach, na vše, co víme…

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Nejdřív radost umírá,
za ní hned se ubírá
naděj naše, pak náš strach,
dluh je srovnán — prach ždá prach.

Co chcem’ k sobě v lásce vinout,
jak my musí minout, zhynout,
toť náš los — byť naopak
umřela by láska pak.

Confirmed with SHELLEY, P. B. Výbor lyriky, translated by Jaroslav Vrchlický, Praha: J. Otto, 1901, pages 99-100.


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