The heart asks pleasure first

The heart asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain;
And then, those little anodynes
That deaden suffering;

 

And then, to go to sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.

 

*****

 

Serce przyjemności pragnie wpierw,
Potem, wymówki od bolenia;
Potem, małych tych uśmierzeń
Co znieczulą na cierpienie;

 

Potem, we śnie się pogrążyć;
Potem, jeśli to ma być
Sercu inkwizytora wola
By umrzeć, wolności.

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