by Vítězslav Hálek (1835 - 1874)
Translation by Josef Štýbr (1864 - 1938)

Mně zdálo se, žes umřela;
Language: Czech (Čeština) 
Mně zdálo se, žes umřela;
slyšel jsem zvonit hrany,
a pláče bylo, kvílení
a nářku na vše strany.

Tak divně Ti tam ustlali!
Na hrob Ti kámen dali
a abych na něj napsal verš
mne vlídně požádali.

Ó lidé, lidé z kamene,
zde srdce mé si mějte,
a co jsem ještě nezpíval,
to do kamene vrejte.

Mé lásce jste nevěřili
a zhrdli mými slovy,
když bude kámen mluvit k vám,
snad vám to lépe poví.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Antonín Dvořák.

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  • ENG English (Josef Štýbr) , first published 1920


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My sweetheart, I dreamt Thou hadst died
Language: English  after the Czech (Čeština) 
My sweetheart, I dreamt Thou hadst died;
I heard the death-knells pealing,
And there were tears and wails and cries
And signs of saddest feeling.

For the low mound o’er Thy strange bed
They picked a tombstone blindly,
And a verse for Thine epitaph
To write they asked me kindly.

Oh, folks! Oh, folks! yourselves of stones,
My heart take, with grief raving,
And what I have not sung before
Use for the stone’s engraving!

You trusted not in my pure love
And scorned my word and letter—
Now if the stone will speak to you,
You’ll understand it better.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-04-19
Line count: 16
Word count: 100