CANTIGA DE AMIGO O DAUGHTER, HE WHO LOVED
YOU WELL ...
Nuno Perez Sandeu tr. James H.Donalson (from Galician)
Ai filha, o que vos bem queria
aqui o jurou n'outro dia,
e pero non xe vos veo veer.
Ai madre, de vos se temia,
que me soedes por el mal trager.

O que por vos coitad' andava
ben aqui na vila estava,
e pero non xe vos veo veer.
Ai madre, de vos se catava,
que me soedes por el mal trager.

O que por vos era coitado,
aqui foi oj' o perjurado,
e pero non xe vos veo veer.
Madre, por vos non foi ousado,
que me soedes por el mal trager.
O daughter, he who loved you well
plighted his troth the other day,
but I've not seen him come to you.
O mother, he was afraid of you
and thought that you'd bring me no good.

He who so fretted over you
was quite well-off around the town
but I've not seen him come to you.
O mother, he kept an eye on you
and thought that you'd bring me no good.

He who was worried over you
has perjured himself here today
but I've not seen him come to you.
O mother, for you, I didn't dare
and thought that you'd bring me no good.

Trans. copyright © James H.Donalson 2005


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