COSSANTE O MOTHER ...
Paio Calvo trans. James H. Donalson
(from Galician)
Ai madr', o que ben queria
foi-s' ora d'aqui sa via.
........deseja-lo-ei.

Foi-s' o meu perjurado
e nom m'envia mandado,
........deseja-lo-ei.

Pois mandado non n'envia,
busque-lh' o Sancta Maria,
........deseja-lo-ei.

Se non m' enviou mandado,
de Deus lhi seja buscado,
........deseja-lo-ei.
O mother, the one I've loved
has now gone away from here
........but him I'll desire.

He perjured himself to me
and he failed to write to me:
........but him I'll desire.

Since he failed to send for me
look for him, O Saint Marie:
........but him I'll desire.

If he didn't write for me
he will be found out by God;
........but him I'll desire.

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2006


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