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Lament i


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Lament i

  1. 1. LAMENT IJan Kochanowski
  2. 2. Come. Heraclitus and Simonides,Come with your weeping and sad elegies:Ye griefs and sorrows, come from all thelandsWherein ye sigh and wail and wring yourhands:Gather ye here within my house todayAnd help me mourn my sweet, whom inher MayUngodly Death hath ta’en to his estate,Leaving me on a sudden disolate.“Tis so a serpent glides on some shy nestAnd, of the tiny nightingales possessed,Doth glut its throut, though, frenziedwith her fear,
  3. 3. The mother bird doth beat andtwitter nearAnd strike the monster, till it turnsand gapesTo swallow her, and she but justescapes.“Tis vain to weep,” my friendsperchance will say.Dear God, is aught in life notvain, then? Nay,Seek to lie soft, yet thorns willprickly be:The life of man is naught but vanity.Ah, which were better, than – toseek reliefIn tears, or sternly strive to conquergrief?