Storm and Calm


Juan de Arguijo


I saw the calm light of the red sun

clouded, and its pleasant face disappear in a moment,

and the sky all around obscured

by a most horrible darkness.

The stormy south wind rears angrily,

its fury rises, the storm increases,

and on the shoulders of Atlas

tall Olympus shakes, thundering in alarm;

much later I saw the black veil break,

dissolving into water, and the clear day

happily restored to its original brightness,

and I looked on the sky lovely with a new splendor,

and I said:

"Who knows if a similar change is not in store

for my fortunes?"

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

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