Mother Tongue
Cyprian Kamil Norwid

"Let's first be a thunderbolt rather than a thunderclap:
For wild horses thunder and whinny;
First d e e d s !
(ind) - and words? and thoughts?...
(ind) - later!...
The enemy has corrupted our mother tongue -- --"
Energumen shouted at Lirnik
And pounded his shield until it bent out of shape.
Lirnik replied: "Not sword, not shield -- defend our Language,
But --- masterpieces!"

-translated by Walter Whipple