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"House of Bread"

Poem

About this poem

Juana Inés de la Cruz

B. Limosneros, trans.

¡En el nuevo Templo

venid a mirar

que son Pan las piedras

y Piedras es el Pan!

¡Ay, ay, ay, ay!

             coplas

Si allá en el Desierto

rehusó transformar

para su sustento

las piedras en pan,

  acá, para el nuestro,

quiso disfrazar

la Piedra, que es Cristo,

en Pan substancial.

  En sus nuevas Aras

nos quiere mostrar

que Él es de su Templo

la Piedra angular,

  y que, como quiere

dárnosla en manjar,

por sustento Miel

de Piedra nos da.

To the new Temple

come all and find

how its stones are made Bread

and its Bread made of Stone.

Ay, ay, ay, ay!

             verses

If there in the Desert

He refused to transform

stones into bread for

His sustenance,

     Here, for our own,

He saw fit to conceal

the foundation, which is Christ,

in the Bread of His Substance.

     Now on this, His new altar,

to us He reveals,

that He is of His Temple

the cornerstone,

    and since he would sustain

us with a delicacy,

the sweetness he feeds us

is a Honey of Stone.

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