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Tiranilla Española

Language: Spanish (Español)

La Tirana se embarca
De Cádiz para Marsella,
En alta mar la apresó
Una balandra francesa.

 Ay Tirana retírate a España
 Ay Tirana huye los rigores,
 Ay Tirana de la Convención!
 Sí, sí, Tiranilla
 Sí, sí picarilla
 Porque si te pillan,
 Pondrán tu cabeza en la guillotina.

La tirana que de amor muere
No llame muerte al morir,
Que es morir por quien se adora
El más dichoso vivir.


Grande pena es el morir,
Pero yo no la sintiera,
Pues quien vive como yo,
De alegría le sirviera.


Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "The little Spanish tyrant", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-10-03.
Last modified: 2018-11-29 17:11:17
Line count: 22
Word count: 91

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The little Spanish tyrant

Language: English after the Spanish (Español)

The Tirana embarks
From Cadiz to Marseille,
On the high seas 
A French sloop caught her.

  Ah Tirana, retire to Spain
  Ah Tirana, flee the rigors,
  Ah Tirana, of the [French National] Convention!
  Yes, Tiranilla,
  Yes, little trickster
  Because if they catch you
  They will put your head in the guillotine.

The tyrant who of love dies
Does not call death when dying,
Which is dying for whom one adores
The most fortunate to live.


A great pain is dying,
But I did not feel it,
So who lives as I do,
Happiness served him.


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Text added to the website: 2019-01-08.
Last modified: 2019-01-08 17:43:30
Line count: 22
Word count: 98