PROCURA DESMENTIR LOS ELOGIOS
QUE A UN RETRATO DE LA POETISA
INSCRIBIÓ LA VERDAD, QUE LLAMA
PASIÓN
SHE TRIES TO REFUTE THE PRAISES INSCRIBED ON HER PORTRAIT BY
TRUTH, WHICH SHE CALLS
PASSION
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruztrans. Alix Ingber
Este, que ves, engaño colorido,
que del arte ostentando los primores,
con falsos silogismos de colores
es cauteloso engaño del sentido;

éste, en quien la lisonja ha pretendido
excusar de los años los horrores,
y venciendo del tiempo los rigores,
triunfar de la vejez y del olvido,

es un vano artificio del cuidado,
es una flor al viento delicada,
es un resguardo inútil para el hado;

es una necia diligencia errada,
es un afán caduco y, bien mirado,
es cadáver, es polvo, es sombra, es nada.
This, that you see, this colored treachery,
which, by displaying all the charms of art,
with those false syllogisms of its hues
deceptively subverts the sense of sight;

this, in which false praise has vainly sought
to shun the horrors of the passing years,
and conquering of time the cruelty,
to overcome age and oblivion's might,

is a vain artifice cautiously wrought,
is a fragile bloom caught by the wind,
is, to ward off fate, pure uselessness;

is a foolish effort that's gone wrong,
is a weakened zeal, and, rightly seen,
is corpse, is dust, is gloom, is nothingness.

Trans. copyright © Alix Ingber 1995


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