The article discusses the relationship between the 'Penitential Songs' by Olbrycht Karmanowski and 'Decima of Penitential Songs' by Waclaw Potocki. The authoress proposes a thesis of direct influence of Karmanowski's cycle on Potocki's writings. The probable reason for this relation is the same literary genre - penitential elegy. Both writers were also members of the Arian Church. The reminiscences present in the 'Decima' differ in faithfulness to the poems by Karmanowski. Direct connections of both cycles are mostly certified by four passages of the 'Decima' which are so close to the text of the 'Penitential Songs' that could be regarded as direct citations. Apart from those, there are also other minor traces of existence of Karmanowski's poetry in the 'Decima', including: realisation of the same images and themes, often derived from the Bible, lexical convergences, identical rhyme pairs. Although all Potocki's borrowings bear signs of poetical intervention, nonetheless the poems by Karmanowski could be indicated as a pattern source of the 'Decima of Penitential Songs'.
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