She prefers to die rather than to expose herself to the affront of old age


Juana Ines De La Cruz

Celia saw a rose which in the field

its self-indulgent pomp gaily displayed,

and with its scarlet lipstick and crimson rouge

its delicate visage joyfully bathed;

she said, "Go enjoy, not fearing Fate,

the brief course that your graceful youth obeys,

for the death that comes tomorrow can never

take from you what you have enjoyed today;

and although death approaches so rapidly

and your sweet-smelling life is on the wane,

don't rue your death, so fair and young foretold:

for your experience advises you

that you'll be fortunate to die while beautiful

and not to see the insult of being old."

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