CANTIGA DE AMIGO SONG OF A FRIEND
Joan Soares Coelho trans. James H. Donalson
(from Galician)
Ai Deus, a vo-lo digo,
foi-s'ora o meu amigo,
e se o verei, velida!

Quem m'end'ora soubesse
verdad' e dissesse,
e se o verei, velida!

Foi-s'el mui sen meu grado
e nom sei eu mandado,
e se o verei, velida!

Que fremosa que sejo
morrendo com desejo,
e se o verei, velida!
O God, I'm telling you
my friend has gone away
and I'll see him, my pretty!

If you know where he is
you must tell me the truth
and I'll see him, my pretty!

He left against my will
he left without my leave
and I'll see him, my pretty!

As pretty as I am
I'm dying of desire
and I'll see him, my pretty!

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2003


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