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"Pedro"

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Juana Inés de la Cruz

B. Limosneros, trans

When Pedro, as a man of the sea,

finds himself denying

Freshets, Springs and Streams -

all run down to the sea,

they laughingly,

and Pedro to weep.

The Freshet does not forget

its beginnings in the spring,

the font of all its being;

since from the silvery rills

of its laughter springs forth

the most pleasing of confessions

to the Source:

but if Pedro denies all this

with ungrateful evasions,

Freshets, Springs and Streams -

all run down to the sea,

they laughingly

and Pedro to weep.

   The Spring laughs on

as it crashes from the summits -

in an oblivion without sorrows -

recollecting on the lowlands

the Flashing Eyes, the Lucid Matter

of its earliest existence:

but if Pedro denies all this,

though with a mortal shudder,

Freshets, Springs and Streams -

all run down to the sea,

they laughingly

and Pedro to weep.

     The mightiest stream, unswervingly,

with impetuous fire

surrenders unreservedly

to the sea, meeting there

its Final Destiny,

finding there its quietus:

but if Pedro denies even this,

turning his eyes from such glimmerings,

Freshets, Springs and Streams -

all run down to the sea,

they laughingly

and Pedro to weep.

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