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Above the river Orlice I saw a church and heard its golden bell. It extinguished the rush of fierce passion first, then the ancient Czech sincerity. When Czechs godly virtues love, hope, and faith turned musty and stale from disuse, the church hid itself in the depths of the earth, and water then flooded the place.
There is probably not a more important book in the Czech language than this slim volume of thirteen lyrical works of folklore. From the stream the frogs emerge, croaking out a funeral dirge. Most of the other tales, on the other hand, are delightful and straightforward, told to explain phenomena of human life and nature. There are tales of water sprites luring young maidens into watery depths, deathly struggles with noon witches arriving to take noisy children away, and pilgrims travelling to hell and back.
Other tales are cautionary, relating in grueling details the destinies that befall women somehow always women , who are greedy, or envious, or who dishonor their husbands. Travelling in the Scandinavian countries, I have had similar experiences in Iceland, Norway and Finland.
Like the Czech people, these peoples have gained independence within the last years from Danish, Swedish and Russian rule, respectively.
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