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Znasz li ten kraj

Znasz li ten kraj

Znasz-li ten kraj, gdzie cytryna dojrzewa,
Pomarańcz blask zielone złoci drzewa,
Gdzie wieńcem bluszcz ruiny dawne stroi,
Gdzie buja laur i cyprys cicho stoi?
Znasz-li ten kraj?
Ach, tam, o moja miła,
Tam był mi raj, pókiś ty ze mną była!
Znasz-li ten gmach, gdzie wielkich sto podwoi,
Gdzie kolumn rząd i tłum posągów stoi,
A wszystkie mnie witają twarzą białą:
Pielgrzymie nasz, ach! co się z tobą stało!
Znasz-li ten kraj?
Ach, tam, o moja miła,
Tam był mi raj, pókiś ty ze mną była!
Znasz-li ten brzeg, gdzie po skalistych górach
Strudzony muł swej drogi szuka w chmurach,
Gdzie w głębi jam płomieniem wrą opoki,
A z wierzchu skał w kaskadach grzmią potoki?
Znasz-li ten kraj?
Ach, tam, o moja miła,
Tam byłby raj, gdybyś ty ze mną była!

Do you know the land?

Do you know the land where lemon trees blossom;
where golden oranges glow amid dark leaves?
A gentle wind blows from the blue sky,
the myrtle stands silent, the laurel tall:
do you know it?
There, O there
I desire to go with you, my beloved!
Do you know the house? Its roof rests on pillars,
the hall gleams, the chamber shimmers,
and marble statues stand and gaze at me:
what have they done to you, poor child?
Do you know it?
There, O there
I desire to go with you, my protector!
Do you know the mountain and its clouded path?
The mule seeks its way through the mist,
in caves the ancient brood of dragons dwells;
the rock falls steeply, and over it the torrent.
Do you know it?
There, O there
lies our way. O father, let us go!

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Stanisław Moniuszko was a Polish and Belarusian composer, conductor and teacher. 


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Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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