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Jan Andrzej Morsztyn - BEE IN AMBER
BEE IN AMBER
In most transparent amber concealed visibly,
It seems the bee is swimming in her own honey.
Treated with contempt when she lived under the skies,
Now her burial and coffin bear a higher prize.
That's how for faithful work she's been given her pay,
No doubt she herself wished to die in such a way.
Cleopatra ought not to flatter herself so,
When an insect lies in a more splendid barrow.
Translated by Michael J. Mikoś