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On May 1st, couples gather at the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha, the Czech romanti...

April 30, 2015

On May 1st, couples gather at the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha, the Czech romantic "poet of love", in Prague's Petřín Park where they lay flowers and spend a few moments. Mácha is author of the poem "May". Read the beginning of this beautiful poem :

Late evening, on the first of May—
The twilit May—the time of love.
Meltingly called the turtle-dove,
Where rich and sweet pinewoods lay.
Whispered of love the mosses frail,
The flowering tree as sweetly lied,
The rose's fragrant sigh replied
To love-songs of the nightingale.
In shadowy woods the burnished lake
Darkly complained a secret pain,
By circling shores embraced again;
And heaven's clear sun leaned down to take
A road astray in azure deeps,
Like burning tears the lover weeps.