BAILADA NOW LET US ALL GO DANCING ...
Airas Nunez - (Galician) trans. James H. Donalson
Bailemos nos ja todas, todas, ai amigas,
so aquestas avelaneiras frolidas,
e quen for velida como nos velidas,
se amigo amar,
so aquestas avelaneiras frolidas
verrá bailar.

Bailemos mos ja todas, todas, ai irmanas
so aqueste ramo destas avelanas,
e quen for louçana como nos louçanos,
se amigo amar,
so aqueste ramo destas avelanas
verrá bailar.

Por Deus, ai amigas, mentr' al non fazemos,
so aqueste ramo frolido bailemos,
e quen ben parecer como nos parecemos,
se amigo amar,
so aqueste ramo so que nos bailamos
verrá bailar.
Now let us all go dancing, dancing all you girlfriends,
underneath all the flowering filbert-trees,
no one else is sprightly as we girls are sprightly:
if you love a true friend
underneath all the flowering filbert-trees,
he'll see our dance.

Now let us all go dancing, dancinq all my sisters,
underneath all the branching filbert-trees,
who would be as graceful as we are graceful,
if you love a true friend
underneath all the branching filbert-trees
he'll see our dance.

For heaven's sake, there's nothing else we could be doing,
underneath all these branches of filbert-trees:
other girls aren't good-looking as we're good-looking,
if you love a true friend
underneath all the branches where we're dancing,
he'll see our dance.

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2005


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