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Mikołaj Rej - Mikołaj Rej of Nagłowice
MIKOŁAJ REJ OF NAGŁOWICE
You may stamp, as much as you wish, with a shod boot;
And at the painted walls you can take a long look,
Obey the master's call and try to catch a meal,
And whichever you can, try to patch up your weal.
I, sitting at home, have already chosen peace
And given all to God; you may deal as you please,
As I hear this Lord excels in bringing fortune,
No one will get more from any other suzerain.
Translated by Michael J. Mikoś