CANTIGA DE AMIGA SONG OF A FRIEND
Joan do Guilhade trans. James H. Donalson
(from Galician)
Amigas, que Deus vos valha,
quando veher meu amigo,
falade sempr' unhas outras
enquant' el falar comigo,
ca muitas cousas diremos
que ante vos nom diremos.

Sei eu que por falar migo
chegara el mui coitado
e vos ide-vos chegando
lá todas par' ess' estrado,
ca muitas cousas diremos
que ante vos nom diremos.
Girlfriends, for heaven's sake
when my sweetheart arrives,
talk amongst yourselves,
so he may speak with me,
for many things we will say
that before you we can't say.

To speak to me, I know
he'll get here very concerned,
so just go drifting away,
all of you, down the walk,
for many things we will say
that before you we can't say.

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2006


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