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Sládek, Josef Václav: Silen buď

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Silen buď (Czech)

Silen buď a nepovol,
jsi-li v lese žití dub;
jsi-li pouze trávy stvol,
schyl se, ale neustup.

Dub anebo třeslice,
drž se půdy, kde jsi vzrost':
zlomí-li tě vichřice,
žil's jak muž - a to je dost.

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Source of the quotationSpisy básnické: Souborné vydání ve dvou dílech. Praha, J. Otto 1907. s. 264.
Bookpage (from–to)264-264

Stand your ground (English)

Stand your ground and don’t give way,
if an oak, in this life’s grove;
If you are but grass, you may
bow, but hold, still steadfast prove.

Whether oak or quake-grass mere,
hold the ground you sprang from, fast:
If by tempest torn, be clear,
manly was the life you passed.

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Source of the quotation