CANTIGA DE AMIGO DID YOU SEE THE SQUIRE NOW,
..............................................MOTHER? ...
Pero da Ponte trans. James H.Donalson (from Portuguese)
Vistes, madr', o escudeiro
Que m'ouver' a levar sigo?
Menti-lhe, vai-mi sanhudo.
Mia madre, ben vo-lo digo:
.......Madre, namorada me leixou,
.......Madre, namorada mi-á leixada,
.......Madre, namorada me leixou.

Madre, vós que me mandastes
Que mentiss' a meu amigo,
Que conselho mi daredes
Ora, poi-lo non ei migo?
.......Madre, namorada me leixou,
.......Madre, namorada mi-á leixada,
.......Madre, namorada me leixou.

Filha, dou-vos por conselho
Que, tanto que vos el veja,
Que toda ren lhi façades,
Que vosso pagado seja:
.......Madre, namorada me leixou,
.......Madre, namorada mi-á leixada,
.......Madre, namorada me leixou.

Pois escusar non podedes,
Mia lilha, seu gasalhado,
Des oi mais eu vos castigo
Que lh'andedes a mandado:
.......Madre, namorada me leixou,
.......Madre, namorada mi-á leixada,
.......Madre, namorada me leixou.
Did you see the squire now, mother
who would like to take me with him?
When I lied, he left me, angry,
mother, I can tell you this:
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love,
.......Mother, now he's left and I am pining,
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love.

Mother, it was you who ordered
me to lie to him, my lover;
what advice then can you give me
now, because he isn't with me?
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love,
.......Mother, now he's left and I am pining,
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love.

Daughter, the advice I'll give you
is that every time he sees you,
every thing that you do for him,
will come back to you in payment:
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love,
.......Mother, now he's left and I am pining,
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love.

Since you cannot make excuses,
Daughter, from now on I'll scold you
even more for his advances
if you go at his commanding:
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love,
.......Mother, now he's left and I am pining,
.......Mother, now he's left and I'm in love.

Trans. Copyright © James H.Donalson 2005


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