A DAFNE, HUYENDO DE APOLO TO DAPHNE, FLEEING FROM APOLLO
Francisco de Quevedotrans. Alix Ingber

"Tras vos, un alquimista va corriendo,
Dafne, que llaman Sol, ¿y vos tan cruda?
Vos os volvéis murciégalo sin duda,
pues vais del Sol y de la luz huyendo.

él os quiere gozar, a lo que entiendo,
si os coge en esta selva tosca y ruda:
su aljaba suena, está su bolsa muda;
el perro, pues no ladra, está muriendo.

Buhonero de signos y planetas,
viene haciendo ademanes y figuras,
cargado de bochornos y cometas."

Esto la dije; y en cortezas duras
de laurel se ingirió contra sus tretas,
y, en escabeche, el Sol se quedó a escuras.

"An alchemist is running after you,
Daphne, he's called the Sun, and you're so rude?
Without a doubt you're acting like a bat,
since Sun and light you so swiftly elude.

He plans to have you, as I understand it,
if he can catch you in this forest dark:
his quiver's noisy, but his purse is voiceless;
the dog must be near death, since it won't bark.

A hawker of the signs and of the planets,
he's making funny faces, gesturing,
all laden down with steamy days and comets."

This I said; and to stiff laurel bark
she grafted herself on, to flee his wiles,
and the Sun, pickled, was left in the dark.

Trans. Copyright © Alix Ingber 1995


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