Original Poem by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Translation of “Soneto” by Alix Ingber

Philip worships me and I abhor him;

Leonard hates me; and for him I yearn;

for him who would desire me not, I’m weeping,

and him who weeps for me I always spurn.

To him who’d shame me most, my soul I offer;

him who’d sacrifice for me, I shame;

I scorn him who’d exalt my reputation,

of him who’d scorn it, I exalt the name.

If I complain that one of them offends me,

the other censures me for some offense;

in either case I suffer in my task,

for each of them wreaks torture on my feelings:

the latter for asking for what I don’t have;

the former by not having what I ask.

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