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Lament XIV → ← Lament XII

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      Jan KochanowskiLamentsLament XIIItłum. Dorothea Prall

      Ursula, winsome child, I would that I
      Had never had thee if thou wert to die
      So early. For with lasting grief I pay,
      Now thou hast left me, for thy sweet, brief stay.
      Thou didst delude me like a dream by night
      That shines in golden fullness on the sight,
      Then vanishes, and to the man awake
      Leaves only of its treasures much heartbreak.
      So hast thou done to me, belovèd cheat:
      Thou madest with high hope my heart to beat
      And then didst hurry off and bear with thee
      All of the gladness thou once gavest me.
      'Tis half my heart I lack through this thy taking
      And what is left is good for naught but aching.
      Stonecutters, set me up a carven stone
      And let this sad inscription run thereon:
      Ursula Kochanowski lieth here,
      Her father's sorrow and her father's dear;
      For heedless Death hath acted here crisscross:
      She should have mourned my death, not I her loss.
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