BARCAROLA BARCAROLLE
Juian Bolseiro trans. James H. Donalson (from Galician)
Nas barcas foi-s' o meu amigo d-'aqui,
e vej' eu viir barcas e tenho que ven i,
.........mia madr', o meu amigo.

Atendamos, ai madre, sempre vos querrei bem,
ca vejo viir barcas e tenho que vem,
.........mia madr', o meu amigo.

Non faç'eu desaguisado, mia mad-r', en o cuidar,
ca nom podia muito sen mi alhur morar,
.........mia madr', o meu amigo.
My friend went away from here in the boats,
I see them returning and think he'll be here,
.........o mother, my friend.

Let's wait, for I've wished you the best, mother dear,
I see boats returning and think he'll be here,
.........o mother, my friend.

I'm not making trouble, dear mother, I think,
he couldn't stay elsewhere without me for long:
.........o mother, my friend.

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2003


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