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Emilia Chopin, Izabela Chopin, Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwika Chopin – best wishes for their father on his birthday, 17 April 1826

 

Emilia Chopin, Izabela Chopin, Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwika Chopin – best wishes for their father on his birthday: ‘Kochany Oycze! O co za radość!...’, Warsaw, 17 April 1826, autograph signed ‘Emilia, Izabela, Fryderyk, Ludwika’, one sheet, written on one page, 238x195 mm. Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/333].

 

(Dear Father!

O what joy! the pleasant day has arrived

The day which we would dearly live each year!

It gives us a suitable time to express

Our sincere and heartfelt wishes.

But why does our joy so quickly abate?

Wherefore vanish our sanguine hopes?

You Papa will doubtless divine the causes

Which deprive your children of their only pleasure.

Remember then intentions, unparalleled intentions,

And press to your heart your beloved children;

And may their hugs convey to you

All that they long for and all that they feel.)