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      Jan KochanowskiLaments[Motto and dedication]tłum. Dorothea Prall

      Tales sunt hominum mentes, quali pater ipse

      Juppiter auctiferas lustravit lumine terras[1].

      To Ursula Kochanowski

      A charming, merry, gifted child, who, after showing great promise of all maidenly virtues and talents, suddenly, prematurely, in her unripe years, to the great and unbearable grief of her parents, departed hence.

      Written with tears for his beloved little girl by Jan Kochanowski, her hapless father.

      Thou art no more, my Ursula.



      Tales sunt… terras (Latin) — human minds are the reflections of light casted on fertile earth by father Jupiter (fragment of Homer's Odyssey translated by Cicero and passed on by St. Augustine in De civitate Dei). [przypis edytorski]

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