CANTIGA DE AMIGO SONG OF A FRIEND
Pedr'anez Solaz trans. James H. Donalson
(from Galician)
Eu velida non dormia,
lelia doura!
e meu amigo venia,
e doi lelia doura!

Non dormia e cuidava
lelia doura!
e meu amigo chegava,
e doi lelia doura!

O meu amigo venia,
lelia doura!
e d'amor tan ben dizia,
e doi lelia doura!

O meu amigo chegava,
lelia doura!
e d'amor tan ben cantava,
e doi lelia doura!

Muito desejei, amigo,
lelia doura!
que vos tevesse comigo,
e doi lelia doura!
leli, leli, par Deus leli,
lelia doura!

Ben sei eu quen non diz leli,
lelia doura!
demo x'é quen non diz leli
e doi lelia doura!
I am graceful and I'm wakeful
leliadora!
and then, my friend ... he was coming,
and I: leliadora!

And I didn't sleep, but worried,
leliadora!
and then my friend was arriving,
and I: leliadora!

And then, my friend ... he was coming,
leliadora!
and he spoke so well of loving,
and I: leliadora!

And then my friend was arriving,
leliadora!
he was singing well of loving,
and I: leliadora!

Much I wished to love you, darling,
leliadora!
if I but had you beside me,
and I: leliadora!
For heaven's sake, leli, leli,
leliadora!

Now, I know who won't say leli,
leliadora!
only devils won't say leli,
and I: leliadora.

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2004


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