Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski Poems
- Epitaph To Rome If midst Rome you wish to see Rome, ...
- Sonnet Iv Peace is happiness, but war is our plight Under ...
- Sonnet Iii (To The Virgin Mary... Unequalled Virgin, the second...
- Song V To Thee, eternal Defender of all creation, I call, ...
- Sonnet Ii In shame is man conceived, through pain is ...
- Song Iii Have mercy on me, my Lord, For a foe treds o'er me...
- Fortune's Statue She's mistress of all: Rule of this ...
Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski (1550-1581) was a Polish religious poet remembered for writing metaphysical sonnets with inverted word orders.
A forerunner of Baroque poetry, he wrote predominantly religious poetry akin to that of the English Metaphysical poets. In this period satire and pastoral were the most popular forms.
Szarzynski was a full-fledged baroque poet avant la ... more »
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Epitaph To Rome
If midst Rome you wish to see Rome, pilgrim,
Tho in Rome naught of Rome might you see,
Behold the walls' ring, the theatres, temples
And ruptured pillars, to rubble all turned,
Rome be these! Mark how the corpse of a city
So strong still past fortune's pomp exudes;
Subduing a world, herself the city subdued
Lest yet more to subdue might there be.
Today in broken Rome, Rome unbroken
(A substance in its shadow) lies entombed.
Within all's changed; alone past change
Tiber remains, that to sea runs mixed with sand.
See what Fortune plays: 'tis wasted ...