Poland's Greatest 19th Century Poet & Uncompromising Loyal Patriot
Unchallenged as the greatest poet of the Slavic peoples, Adam Mickiewicz distilled the essence of Polish patriotism and yearning for the country's restoration to a bittersweet nectar. Singlehandedly, he defined a strong, passionate people who would not rest until their homeland was freed,
and it is his inspiration which led many to rebel against their oppressors through the years. Exiled from Poland himself, he managed to publish thinly-veiled calls to freedom that somehow made it past the Tsarist censors to call his people to freedom. His seminal work, Pan Tadeusz, has been regarded by some as the only successful epic since the time of Homer.
God our Father, who led Your people from Egyptian captivity, and led them to the Holy Land, Return us to our fatherland. His Son, our Redeemer, who,
tortured and crucified,resurrected and reigns in glory, Arouse our fatherland from its grief. Mother of God, whom our fathers called the Queen of Poland
and Lithuania, Save Poland and Lithuania…
From Muscovite, Austrian, and Prussian bondage,
Deliver us O Lord…
Through the blood of all soldiers killed in battle for
Faith and Freedom.
Deliver us, O Lord!
Through the wounds, tears, and suffering of all Polish prisoners, exiles, and pilgrims.
Deliver us, O Lord.
For a universal war for the freedom of peoples. We beseech Thee, O Lord.
For arms and ensigns bearing the national eagle. We beseech Thee, O Lord.
For a happy death on the battlefield. We beseech Thee, O Lord.
For a grave for our bones in our own land. We beseech Thee, O Lord.
For the independence , unity, and freedom of our
fatherland. We beseech Thee, O Lord.
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy
Taken from his Litanja Pielgrzymska (Pilgrims Litany), which is an integral component of his monumental Księgi Narodu Polskiego i Pielgrzymstwa Polskiego (Books of the Polish Nation and Polish Pilgrimage).