A Perfect Marriage

Thank God! I saw a marriage old-fashioned and rare,

A couple very happy, full of kidness and of care.

A gentle love it was, the wonder of many already a’beding;

Too bad that the husband died a week after the wedding!

Ignacy Krasicki (1735-1801)

Polish original version:

Małżeństwo

Chwalaż Bogu! Widziałem małżeństwo niemodne,

Stadło wielce szczęśliwe, uprzejme i zgodne;

Stateczna była miłość z podziwieniem wielu –

To szkoda, że mąż umarł w tydzień po weselu!

The poem comes from “Treasury of Polish Love: Poems, Quotations & Proverbs in Polish and English” edited by Miroslaw Lipinski.

 

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