Široké rukávy a široké gatě
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the Czech (Čeština) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Široké rukávy a široké gatě
volnější cigánu nežli dolman v zlatě.
Dolman a to zlato bujná prsa svírá;
pod ním volná píseň násilně umírá.
A kdo raduješ se, tvá kdy píseň v květě,
přej si, aby zašlo zlato v celém světě!

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "Wide sleeves", 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
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Nella larga, ariosa veste di lino", 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: 6
Word count: 41

Wide sleeves
Language: English  after the Czech (Čeština) 
Wide sleeves and broad trousers give
more freedom than a robe of gold.
The robe of gold constricts the chest
and the song within the body dies.
He who is happy -- his song blooms with the desire
that the whole world would lose its taste for gold.


  • 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: 6
Word count: 47