Translated by Przemyslaw Musialowski 6/18/2019
Paint, old painter, because pleasant to the eye
is a family portrait, like Colonel Zagloba*.
And don't forget about a mug of golden ale
emptied in the morning for good humor.
Paint me old grandpa and military equipment
in which along with the dust the regiments,
gaps in the floor, deep trenches
where amid war storms brave men sought refuge.
Paint defenseless stone walls of Kamieniec
when undressed they remain silent in blushes
as those young ladies taking a bath in the river full of tadpoles
on photography, which with life attracts.
Paint roses that you have been given in the Taiga
this flower of love a connoisseur shall find
house poorly carved
and nothing more will fit on the canvas.
Wieslaw Musialowski 11/16/2005
*Jan Onufry Zagloba is a fictional character in the Trilogy by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Together with other characters of The Trilogy, Zagloba engages in various adventures, fighting for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and seeking adventures and glory. Zagloba is seen as one of Sienkiewicz most popular and significant characters. While he has often been compared to Shakespearean character of Falstaff, he also goes through extensive character development, becoming a jovial and cunning hero.
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