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Easter Parade C14th

Emma B 06 Apr 04 - 05:41 PM
Les from Hull 06 Apr 04 - 07:26 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 04 Aug 13 - 07:11 PM
GUEST,leeneia 04 Aug 13 - 07:30 PM
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Subject: Easter Parade C14th
From: Emma B
Date: 06 Apr 04 - 05:41 PM

Libro de buen amor (Book of Good Love) is an epic poem of 1728 stanzas said to be written by Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita, and completed by 1330.
The following stanzas (in modern translation) describe the arrival of Love (in the form of a great noble lord) and the procession that greets him.

It was the holy day of Easter,
the sun was shing bright gold.
All men, birds and lovely flowers
went singing to greet Love

The birds greeted him,rooks and nightingales
larks and parrots, large and small,
they sang beautiful songs of sweet delight.
The best singers created the greatest joy.

The trees greeted him with branches and flowers
of different kinds and varied colours,
Men and women in love greeted him
and minstrals brought out many instruments.

The Moorish guitar sang its lament,
high and harsh in tone
The portly lute accompanies a rustic dance
and the Western guitar joins with them.

The crying rebec with its high notes
and the rote playing the Arabic orabyn song
The psaltry also with them, higher than La Mota castle
The plectrum guitar dances in time.

The Moorish psaltry, harp and rebec
the French gavotte swings lively with them.
The flute speaks too, higher than a cliff,
along with the side drum - it's not worth a fig without it.

The bowed viol moves sweetly down the scale
at times it lulls, at times it is piercing,
sweet notes that are tuneful,clear, wellplayed.
bringing people joy, pleasing everyone.

The sweet zither plays with the tambourine,
and with brass timbrels, it makes a lovely sound.
Portable organs play songs and motes,
and the unversed strummer intrudes between them.

Shawm and tranverse flute, the large recorder,
the hurdy-gurdy and plucked zither are at the celebration.
The French bagpipe is played in harmony,
the foolish mandola adds its tune.

Horns and trumpets come out with the kettle drums.
Its a long time since there was such rejoicing
such great happiness is rarely shared by all
The hills and farmlands were filled with minstrels

I guess there's always an unversed strummer!


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Subject: RE: Easter Parade C14th
From: Les from Hull
Date: 06 Apr 04 - 07:26 PM

No melodeons, then?


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Subject: RE: Easter Parade C14th
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Aug 13 - 07:11 PM

Source of translation?

(Lo, a question these many years later.)

Gutenberg - The entire work in Spanish is on line.


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Subject: RE: Easter Parade C14th
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 04 Aug 13 - 07:30 PM

Thanks, Emma. That's interesting.


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