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

Thou fair‑haired angel of the evening
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Thou fair-haired angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wing sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And the lion glares through the dun forest.
The fleeces of our flocks are covered with
Thy sacred dew; protect with them with thine influence.

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Večernici"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dem Abendstern", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Večernici
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the English 
Andělé večera ty s krásnou kšticí,
teď na horách co slunce odpočívá,
své lásky zažhni pochodeň a zářný
si nasaď vínek svůj, nám v lože směj se!
Nám na lásku! A shrnuv clonu nebes,
tu modrou, rosy nakap v kalich kvítí
všem, v předčasný sen, kdo zavřeli oči.
Na vodách tvých ať usne zefyr tiše,
kaž ticho třpytným okem svým a umyj
šer stříbrem. Brzo, jistě brzo padneš,
pak bude zuřit vlk a hustým lesem
lvů oči kmitnou. Pastvy našich lučin
tvá skropí svatá rosa, pak ó chraň je
svým vlivem mocným, sladká večernice!

Confirmed with Moderní básníci angličtí (1700—1800), překlady Jaroslava Vrchlického. Praha : Jos. R. Vilímek, vyd. c1900. pages 68–69.


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