More than Muses

A friend replies to her friend with the following verse

A translation into English of A una amiga responde otra con la décima siguiente, a décima by María Egual. Translation by Valerie Hegstrom.

Translator's note: In this translation, I have attempted to convey meaning and form, including rhyme and syllable count.


You are, Agustina so fine,

loveliness itself outpaced,

and all this proves your godlike grace,

in that your exotic design

and your beauty so divine

are an unsurpassed perfection,

for they heal the disconnection

that peasants in beauty admit,

for in them we see your sharp wit,

comeliness, and your discretion.