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Count Napoleon Stanisław Adam Ludwig Zygmunt Krasiński (1812 – 1859) was a Polish nobleman traditionally ranked with Mickiewicz and Słowacki as one of Poland's Three National Bards.
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The Undivine Comedy
- Alas! thou sufferest, too, although thy pangs
- Bring naught to birth, nothing create, nor serve!
- Not that I rise against thee, Poetry,
- Mother of Beauty, of ideal Life!
- But I must pity him condemned to dwell
- Within the limits of these whirling worlds
- In dying agonies, or yet to be,
- Doomed to sad memories, or prophecies,
- Perchance remorse, or vague presentiments,—
- Who gives himself to thee! for everywhere
- Thou ruinest wholly those who consecrate
- Themselves, with all they are, to thee alone,
- Who solely live the voices of thy glory!
- Painting the sensual with thy hues divine,—
- Thou turn'st away thy face, while scattering
- Perchance upon his brow some fading flowers,
- Of which he strives to twine a funeral crown,
- Spending his life to weave a wreath of death!