Juan de Arguijo


The insane love increases, the illusion increases

in him who saw his fair image in the waters;

and he, sole cause of his mortal plight,

seeks the remedy and makes his plight worse.

He looks into the pool once more and sees--rare prodigy!--

that it spouts fire; he imagines that

he can quench it in the water, and his unlucky star

closes his eyes to this easy deception.

His powers departed from this blind beloved lover;

and his senses left him for fatal beauty

fell a victim to his fate;

and now that he is transformed into a purple flower,

the water that was the cause of his death

makes him grow and tries to give him life.

(Date unavailable--late 16th or early 17th century)

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