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Sládek, Josef Václav: U bran štěstí

Portre of Sládek, Josef Václav

U bran štěstí (Czech)

Tloukl jsem na štěstí brány,
jako jiní na ně tlukou; —
otevřelo, chopilo mne
tou svou vlídnou, teplou rukou.

Usmálo se. — Kolem stáli
lidé šťastní. — „Srdcem lehcí,“
dělo, „vešli za mé brány.
Chceš být šťasten?“
Děl jsem: „Nechci.“

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At the gates of fortune (English)

At Fortuna’s gates I hammered,
as do all when sentimental; –
opening, it reached out, led me
in with hand kind, warm and gentle.

Fortune smiled. – I stood encircled
by the happy. – “Light-hearts may”,
quoth she, “through my portals enter.
You seek joy?“
I said: “No way”.

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