Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

(1651 - 1695 / San Miguel Nepantla / Mexico)

On the death of that most excellent lady,


(Español)
Mueran contigo, Laura, pues moriste,
los afectos que en vano te desean,
los ojos a quien privas de que vean
hermosa luz que a un tiempo concediste.

Muera mi lira infausta en que influiste
ecos, que lamentables te vocean,
y hasta estos rasgos mal formados sean
lágrimas negras de mi pluma triste.

Muévase a compasión la misma muerte
que, precisa, no pudo perdonarte;
y lamente el amor su amarga suerte,

pues si antes, ambicioso de gozarte,
deseó tener ojos para verte,
ya le sirvieran sólo de llorarte.




(English)
Let them die with you, Laura, now you are dead,
these longings that go out to you in vain,
these eyes on whom you once bestowed
a lovely light never to gleam again.

Let this unfortunate lyre that echoes still
to sounds you woke, perish calling your name,
and may these clumsy scribblings represent
black tears my pen has shed to ease its pain.

Let Death himself feel pity, and regret
that, bound by his own law, he could not spare you,
and Love lament the bitter circumstance

that if once, in his desire for pleasure,
he wished for eyes that they might feast on you,
now weeping is all those eyes could ever do.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: pain, death, light

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (On the death of that most excellent lady, by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Inspiration, Henry David Thoreau
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Henry David Thoreau

Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.

If with light head erect I sing,
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. The Most Important Part, Loyd C. Taylor
  2. Separate Paths, Lora Colon
  3. Dream Actualizers, Saiom Shriver
  4. Promise Me! ! !, G. AKANJI OLANIYI
  5. 2015 is still ahead, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  6. Those Who Long For Death, Saiom Shriver
  7. Babe, Saiom Shriver
  8. Twelve Christmas Angels, Loyd C. Taylor
  9. When I am able to do what I like عندما ا.., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  10. At Poemhunter, Khairul Ahsan
[Hata Bildir]