Setting sail: Stawiamy żagiel

Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea, —
Past the houses, past the headlands,
Into deep eternity!

 

Bred as we, among the mountains,
Can the sailor understand
The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?

 

*****

 

Euforia to przeniknienie
W morze, ducha z wnętrza lądu, —
Kole domów i przylądków kole,
W wieczystość głęboką!

 

Jak my, na wgórzach chowany,
Czy żeglarz by pojął
Upojenie to boskie
Pierwszą milą słoną?

 

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

Leagues are no longer used for distance, hence pierwszą milą słoną, the unit of measurement used in the context today.

 

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