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El Mariner

Language: Catalan (Català)

A la vora de la mar 
n'hi ha una donzella, hi ha una donzella,
que en brodava un mocador
que és per la reina, que és per la reina. 

Quan en fou a mig brodar
li manca seda;
gira els ulls envers la mar
veu una vela. 

Veu venir un galiot
tot vora terra,
en veu venir un mariner
que una nau mena. 

-Mariner, bon mariner:
que en porteu seda ?
-De quin color la voleu,
blanca o vermella ?

-Vermelleta la vull jo,
que és millor seda.
Vermelleta la vull jo
que és per la reina. 

-Pugeu a dalt de la nau,
triareu d'ella.
-Ai no ? No hi puc pujar
no tinc moneda. 

El meu pare té les claus
de l'arquimesa,
-No quedeu per diners, no,
gentil donzella. 

La donzella entra a la nau,
tria la seda.
Mentre va mercadejant
la nau pren vela.

Translation(s): ENG

Submitted by Albert Vila


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Pau Casan) , title 1: "The Sailor", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The Sailor

Language: English

Near the sea
there was a maiden (bis),
she was sewing a handkerchief
for the Queen (bis).

When she was half way through
she didn't have silk enough;
she gazed upon the sea
and saw a sail.

A galley was coming
aproaching the shore,
and a sailor stood up
who drives his ship.

'Sailor, good sailor:
Do you bring silk?'
'Which colour would you like,
white or red?'

'Reddish I'd rather have,
for it is a better silk.
Reddish I'd rather have
because it's for the Queen.'

'Board the ship,
you can choose here.'
'But alas! I can't board,
I haven't got money.

My father keeps the keys
to the safe.'
'Don't bother about money, don't,
kind maiden.'

The maiden boards the ship,
chooses the silk.
But while she trades
the ship weighs anchor.

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