Various effects of love

I’ve got one of my favourite poems stuck in my head.  It’s called “Varios efectos del Amor”, by Lope de Vega (that’s Spanish, fyi).  Translated to English it’s “Various effects of Love”.  Since there aren’t any good translations online, I’ve decided to share the English translation that was given to me by a student teacher when I was taking grade 11 Spanish.  Señorita B gave everyone a Spanish and English copy of this poem as a parting gift, and I cherish it.

Various Effects of Love

To be faint hearted, to be bold, to be raging mad, surly, tender, generous, aloof,

Courageous, near death, dead, alive, loyal, treacherous, cowardly, spirited.

Nor to find, beyond your love, satisfaction or peace.

To look happy, sad, humble, arrogant,

Irate, valiant, self-effacing, satisfied, offended, distrustful.

To turn your face from clear proofs of deceit,

To drink poison as if it were a soothing liquor,

To disregard gain and delight in being injured.

To believe that heaven can lie contained in hell,

To devote your life and soul to being disillusioned;

This is love; whoever had tasted it, knows.


~ by blacksheepintheroom on September 27, 2011.

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