BAILADA DANCE
Pero Vivianez trans. James H. Donalson
(from Galician)
Pois nossas madres van a San Simon
de Val de Prados candeas queimar,
nos as meninhas punhamos d' andar
con nossas madres, e elas enton
queimen candeas por nos e por si
e nos meninhas bailaremos i.

Nossos amigos todos lá iran
por nos veer, e andaremos nos
bailand' ant' eles fremosas sos,
e nossas madres, pois que alá van,
queimen candeas por nos e por si,
ens meninhas bailaremos i.

Nossos amigos iran por cousir
como bailamos e poder veer
bailar moças de bon parecer,
e nossas madres, pois lá queren ir,
queimen candeas por nos e por si,
e nos meninhas bailaremos i.
Now that our mothers trek to San Simon,
from Val de Prados, to burn candles there,
we girls must make every effort with care
to go along with them: they'll burn not one
but one for them and one for us, who dare:
because we girls will go dancing while there.

All our boyfriends will be going there
to see us as we promenade for them;
and dance for them to a musical gem,
and our mothers, since they want to go there
light one for them and one for us, who dare:
because we girls will go dancing while there.

And all our boyfriends will see quite a sight
as we dance so they can see not a few
attractive young women dance into view
and our mothers who want to light a light
light one for them and one for us, who dare:
because we girls will go dancing while there.

Trans. Copyright © James H. Donalson 2003


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