A les je tichý kolem kol
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the Czech (Čeština) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER ITA
A les je tichý kolem kol,
jen srdce mír ten ruší,
a černý kouř, jenž spěchá v dol,
mé slze v lících, mé slze suší.

Však nemusí jich usušit,
necht' v jiné tváře bije.
Kdo v smutku může zazpívat,
ten nezhynul, ten žije, ten žije!

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "The forest is quiet all around", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Tutt' intorno il bosco è silenzioso e quieto", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 45

The forest is quiet all around
Language: English  after the Czech (Čeština) 
The forest is quiet all around; 
only the heart disturbs the peace.
As black smoke gushing,
tears flow down my cheeks and so they dry.

They need not dry --
let other cheeks feel them!  
The one who can sing in sorrow
will not die, but lives and lives on.


  • Translation from Czech (Čeština) to English copyright © 2004 by Gayle Royko Heuser and Anna Majtas Royko, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2004-03-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 49