In a small patch of heaven
I saw the sun unseam,
become two shining stars
and these had black beams.
They shine and serve
as the Venus stars:
at dawn the morning star,
the evening star at night.
Their shapes rimmed in gold,
a miracle is worked:
the dark becomes fair,
not the fair dark.
Rays that are the keys
to this sea's port
if ports become a sea
all gulfs and straits.
Eyes with no such mercy—
but yet they have, look!
The rays they don in mourning
for so many lives wrecked.
Translated by Michael Smith


#EscritoresEspañoles Letrillas, #Romances..., Manuscrito Chacón (1628) Tomo II. #Romances LXII

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