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

The past
Language: English 
Wilt thou forget the happy hours
Which we buried in love's sweet bowers,
Heaping over their corpses cold
Blossoms and leaves, instead of mould?
Blossoms which were the joys that fell,
And leaves, the hopes, the hopes that yet remain.
Forget the dead, forget the past? Oh, yet 
There are ghosts that may take revenge for it,
Memories that make the heart a tomb,
[Regrets glide through]1 the spirit's gloom
And with ghastly whispers tell,
That joy, once lost, is pain.

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1 Bennett: "Revenge which glides o'er"

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Minulost
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the English 
Zda zapomeneš ony šťastné chvíle,
jež pohřbili jsme v lásky loubí milé
na chladná těla jich vršíce jemně
jen kvítí s lupením na místo země?
To lupení naděje, které zbyly,
to kvítí uprchlý náš ples.

Smrt, Minulost, ó jak jich zapomníti?
Jsou duchové, kteří se mohou mstíti,
jsou vzpomínky srdce na hroby měnící,
jsou výčitky ducha šerem se ploužící,
jež duchovým šeptem dí a kvílí,
že radost prchlá bol je dnes.

Confirmed with SHELLEY, P. B. Výbor lyriky, translated by Jaroslav Vrchlický, Praha: J. Otto, 1901, page 34.


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