Healthy lad

Healthy lad Healthy lad

Healthy lad is Chopin's youthful poem illustrated by Bohdan Butenko – famous Polish drawer and engraver.

In his poem Fryderyk descibes authentic event, which took place in Warsaw during the name-day of Katarzyna, wife of colonel Wojciech Gutkowski. Poem was discovered by Kazimierz Wójcicki (1807–1879) between some papers preserved by Chopin's family.

Descibed event forced Chopin to stay in bed for some time, which he regreted deeply. The ending of the poem: „If it wasn't for this reason I'd be a healthy lad” can be related to an old Polish proverb: „Look before you leap.”

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