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Jan Andrzej Morsztyn
Jan Andrzej Morsztyn - The Wonders of Love (Sonnet)
THE WONDERS OF LOVE
I nourish love with worry and thinking,
Thinking with memory and covetousness,
I nourish lust with hope and comeliness,
Hope with illusion and useless straying.
I fill my heart with pride and delusion,
Pride with pretended delight and rashness,
I nurture rashness with folly and smugness,
Folly with anger and vile corruption.
I nourish worry with tears and with sighs,
The sighs with fire, fire with the wind indeed,
The wind with shadows, shadows with deceit.
Whoever heard about such enterprise,
That with this care about the others' greed,
I'm hungry myself 'midst all these supplies.
Translated by Michael J. Mikoś