I’ll Be Your Mirror

RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel
Venus at a Mirror
c. 1615
Oil on panel, 124 x 98 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

Mirror, you always hang there on your nail

To receive her image in your brightness:

And here my heart waits for her to no avail,

For she never deigns to give it notice.

You (O happy one), blessed with her visits,

Share all her most secret, & worthy wares,

Whereas, blind to my heart, she nonetheless dares

Hear its tears, its complaints, & all the rest.

Any lady may be contained in you,

But into her, nobody else may step.

— Maurice Sceve/Translated by Richard Sieburth

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memory documentation and manipulation
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2 Responses to I’ll Be Your Mirror

  1. richard sieburth says:

    thanks for this further mirroring of my reflection on/of Sceve, rs

    • ubu507 says:

      Thank you! And I salute you, sir. “Emblems of Desire” is one of the finest feats of translation I have ever encountered. It’s become an essential text for me. Kudos.

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