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      Jan KochanowskiOn Healthtłum. Jarek Zawadzki

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      My good and noble health,

      Thou matter'st more then wealth.

      None know'th thy worth until

      Thou fad'st, and we fall ill.

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      And every man can see,

      In stark reality,

      And every man will say:

      «'Tis health I need today».

      No better thing we know,

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      No dearer gem we owe,

      For all that we possess:

      Pearls, stones of great finesse,

      High offices and power

      — One may enjoy this hour —

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      And so the gifts of youth,

      And beauty are, in truth,

      Good things, but only when

      Our health is with us then.

      For when the body's weak,

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      The world around is bleak.

      O jewel dear, my home

      Awaiteth thee to come;

      With thee it shall not perish.

      'Tis all for thee to cherish.

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