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      Jan KochanowskiLamentsLament XItłum. Dorothea Prall

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      «Virtue is but a trifle!» Brutus[1] said

      In his defeat; nor was he cozenèd.

      What man did his own goodness e'er advance

      Or piety preserve from evil chance?

      5

      Some unknown foe confuses men's affairs;

      For good and bad alike it nothing cares.

      Where blows its breath, no man can flee away;

      Both false and righteous it hath power to stay.

      Yet still we vaunt us of our mighty mind

      10

      In idle arrogance among our kind;

      And still we gaze on heaven and think we see

      The Lord and his all-holy mystery.

      Nay, human eyes are all too dull; light dreams

      Amuse and cheat us with what only seems.

      15

      Ah, dost thou rob me, Grief, my safeguards spurning,

      Of both my darling and my trust in learning?

      Przypisy

      [1]

      Marcus Junius Brutus (85 BC–42 BC) — Roman polititian, one of the assassinators of Julius Caesar, committed suicide after losing battle of Philippi. [przypis edytorski]

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