CANTIGA DE AMIGO SONG OF A FRIEND
Pero Garcia trans. James H. Donalson
(from Galician)
Ai madre, ben vos digo,
mentio-m' o meu amigo,
sanhuda lh' and' eu.

Do que m' ouve jurado,
pois mentio por seu grado,
sanhuda lh' and' eu.

Non foi o ir a via,
mais ben de aquel dia
sanhuda lh' and' eu.

Non é de mi partido,
mais porque m' ha mentido,
sanhuda lh' and' eu.
Ah, mother, let me tell you:
my friend has proved a liar!
I'm furious with him!

In spite of all his swearing
he lied, and did it freely;
I'm furious with him!

I didn't see him leaving
but still the day was fatal:
I'm furious with him!

He hasn't parted from me
but since he's proved a liar
I'm furious with him!

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2003


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