Cantiga de escarnio: "O qui foi passar a serra"
In 1264 the Moorish King of Granada raised a rebellion, but in 1265 Alfonso forced him to sigh a truce at Vega. This cantiga de escarnio (Satire) is directed against Spanish traitors who joined the Moors. Ed. Alvar-Bletrán, No. 52. (From: J.Wilhelm, ed. Lyrics of the Middle Ages, An Anthology. NY: Garland, 1990, 243-44.)
|O que foi passar a serra|
e non quis servir a terra,
é ora, entrant' a guerra,
Pois el agora tan muito erra,
O que filhou gran soldada
O que meteu na taleiga
|He who passed over the mountains|
And did not want to serve on the plain--
Is he the one, when war was returned,
Who's now bragging?
Since he vacillates so much now,
Let him be damned!
He who doled out his money
He who raised a great soldiery
He who loaded up his bags
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