Polish Constitution Day – May 3, 1791
We are celebrating the 217th anniversary of the Polish Constitution. It was the second written constitution in the world; the U.S. Constitution was the first. Sadly, until the 1990’s the Poles did not enjoy the benefits of a democratic republic.
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”
These are the words of Wawrzyniec Goslicki, a Polish philosopher whose writings were to be found in Thomas Jefferson’s library.
These are also the words that begin the second paragraph of the American Declaration of Independence written in 1787.
We should not be surprised that America and Poland have had a common devotion to liberty and freedom. In 1962, John Kennedy said, “Poles have never wavered in their belief that freedom would triumph in the end.” And it did.
Polish National Anthem
With English phonetic spellings
(translated phonetically by two wise ladies)
Jeszcze Polska niw zginela Kiedy my zyjemy
Yes-chair poll-scar nyehz gee -neh -wah Keh-di mi zhe -yem-mi
Co nam obca przemoc wziela Szabla odbierzemy
Saw-numb ob-kah presz-moc vee-ezh-la Zah-bla ode-byeh-zhe- mi
Marsz Marsz Dabrowski Z ziemi wloskiej do Polski
Marsz Marsz Dabrowski Zhe-zhem-mi vohl-skay-door Pol-ski
Za twoim przewodem Zlaczym sie z narodem
Zah toy-em prez -voh-them Zla-chem sheh jzna-road-them
Poland is a Republic.
Its capital is Warsaw.
President is Lech Kaczynski.
Prime Minister is Donald Tusk.
The US Ambassador to Poland is Victor Ashe. Professor Bronislaw Geremek has died this month, He played a central role in the events that brought freedom to Poland. May He Rest In Peace