Let My Desires Cease


Juan de Tasis, Count Villamediana

Let my desires cease now that they are disabused

of their tiresome and persistent yearnings;

cease here my hopes

that were belied before they were formed.

Not mocked now but admonished,

my cries will reach kind ears,

a sun my eyes will see and some days,

that are made up of uncorrupted hours.

The clear motion of these waves

is a mirror which shows in the purest

glass of its shores my punishment.

All that is now left for security

is the tribunal of the winds for my complaints,

and for my fortune an obscure hope.

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