by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853 - 1912)

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER RUS
O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers. 

The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees."
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Jeseni"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dem Herbste", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "К Осени", first published 1979, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Jeseni
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the English 
Ó Jeseni, ty obtížená plody,
ty sytá hroznů krví, stůj a zůstaň,
pod střechou mou se posaď, odpočiň si,
tvůj hlas ať zazní s píšťalou mou v souzvuk
a všecky roku dcery tančit budou,
o květech zpívej nám, o plodech píseň!

„Své vděky poupě slunci otevírá
a láska jeho žilami již kypí,
skráň Jitra kol je ověnčena květy
a kvítím skromný Večer skráň si stíní,
až bujné Léto do písně se pustí
a mráčky květy na hlavu mu vsypou.

Pel ovoce jest bytem vzdušných duchů,
na lehkých křídlech kolébá se Radost
po zahradě neb do stromů si sedá.“
Tak pěla krásná Jeseň, když si sedla,
pak zvedla se, pás stáhla si, za hory
pak prchla, zlaté nechajíc nám břímě.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-17
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