Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lope de Vega on Love

What is Love?

Fainted, bold, furious,

tender, aloof, generous,

dead, alive, courageous,

loyal, cowardly, treacherous.

Not to find beyond your lover, satisfaction or peace.

To look happy, sad, humble, arrogant,

angry, valiant, fugitive,

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 has tasted it, knows.

--Lope de Vega (1562-1635)

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