Cyprian Kamil Norwid

1821-1883 / Poland

The Sphinx

The Sphinx barred my way in a dark cave
Ever hungry for truths
Like a publican, beggar or knave
Molesting travellers with cries of 'Truth!'.

*

'Man?... he's a priest ignorant
And green...'
I replied.

*

An behold,
The Sphinx retreated against the rock:
I passed alive !
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