CANTIGA DE AMIGO SONG OF A FRIEND
Joan Soares Coelho trans. James H. Donalson (from Galician)
Foi eu, madre, lavar meus cabelos
a la fonte, e paguei-m'eu d'elos
e de mi, louçana!

Foi eu, madre, lavar mias garcetas
a la fonte, e paguei-m'eu d'elas
e de mi, louçana!

A la fonte paguei-m'eu d'eles
e lá achei, madr', o senhor d'eles
e de mi, louçana!

Ante que m'eu d'ali partisse
foi pagada do que m'el disse
e de mi, louçana!
I went to wash my hair, my dear mother,
at the fountain, and I was pleased by it
and me, my sprightly one!

I went to wash out my underthings, mother,
at the fountain, and I was pleased by this
and me, my sprightly one!

At the fountain I was pleased to do this,
and, mother, I met the lord of this
and mine, my sprightly one!

Before I went away from the fountain
I was pleased by what he said of this
and me, my sprightly one!

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2003


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