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Mikołaj Rej - Old Woman Who Cried During the Passion of Christ
OLD WOMAN WHO CRIED DURING THE PASSION OF CHRIST
When a priest sang the Passion, an old woman cried,
Does she know Latin, another one inquired.
"You weep but I am sure you don't understand why
And this looks as if you were senseless when you cry".
The old woman said: "I don't cry because of that,
But recall my dear little donkey which is dead,
It brayed with the voice which sounded just like the priest's,
It whimpered from time to time and then was at peace.
Translated by Michael J. Mikoś