by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Jan Kasprowicz (1860 - 1926)

The little Love‑god lying once asleep
Language: English 
The little Love-god lying once asleep,
Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand,
Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to keep
Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand
The fairest votary took up that fire
Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd;
And so the general of hot desire
Was, sleeping, by a virgin hand disarm'd.
This brand she quenched in a cool well by,
Which from Love's fire took heat perpetual,
Growing a bath and healthful remedy,
For men diseas'd; but I, my mistress' thrall,
    Came there for cure and this by that I prove,
    Love's fire heats water, water cools not love. 

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Sonet 154
Language: Polish (Polski)  after the English 
Pewnego razu zasnął bożek mały
Z swoją płomienną pochodnią u boku:
Nadbiegły nimfy, które ślubowały
Czystość, i oto najpiękniejsza w tłoku


Tych pięknych dziewic, wyciągnie mu z dłoni
Żagwię, od której świat się wokrąg pali —
Wódz żądz gorących pozostał bez broni!
A nimfa, ogień zanurzywszy w fali,

Wraz ją rozgrzewa i w kąpiele zmienia
Uzdrawiające zimny zdrój: Przez wieki
Zdążają k’niemu chore pokolenia,
Lecz ja tu darmo przyszedłem po leki,
Bo miłość wodę do waru pobudzi,
Ale miłości woda nie ostudzi.

Confirmed with Poeci angielscy, translated by Jan Kasprowicz, Księgarnia H. Antenberga, Warszawa 1907, page 46-47.


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