Holy Mother, Blue of heaven: guard us against daily torments;
 give us sun and bright weather in our lives.
Holy Mother, Blue river: Cool our senses.
Holy Mother, Road-side willow: Give wanderers shade and coolness
after long pilgrimages and inconveniencess so they can rest at your feet.

Julian Ejsmond,Litania do Matki Bozej


The curved figure of the Madonna, dressed in a flowing green gown and textured cape, resembles the willow. In Polish literature, the willow often evokes feelings of nostalgia and a longing to return to Poland.

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