Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Women are a sweet
fiction; richer in sin, the
shadow of evil

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The inclination
to die is the rational
path to the convent

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The soul, alas, is
a beautiful illusion
born of wayward shame

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Desire is nobler
than remorse; it enthralls more
than reason abides

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Rare is she who will
concede the enchantment of
happily straying

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