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Canço del teuladí

Language: Catalan (Català)

Joyos cassador, passa;
Busca mes brava cassa
I deixam quiet a mí,
Jo soch l'amich de casa,
Jo soch lo teuladí.

Jo no tinch la ploma de la cadernera
Que d'or i de grana tiny la primavera;
No tinch la veu dolça que te 'l rossinyol;
Ni de l'oroneta joliva i lleugera
Les ales que creuen la mar d'un sol vol.
De parda estamenya, sens flors, sense llistes,
Vestit pobre duch;
Mes penes i glories, alegres o tristes,
Les cante com puch.

Les aligues niuen damunt de la roca
Del gorch qu'entre timbes aizampla la boca;
En branca fullosa lo viu passarell;
La tórtora en l'arbre que ja obrí la soca,
La gralla en els runes d'enfonsat castell.
Jo al home confie la meua niuada,
I pobre i panruch,
Entre la familia, baix de la teulada,
M'ampare com puch.

Les fruits del bosch busca la torcac; la griva,
Janglots entre'ls pampols; l'estornell, la oliva;
A serps verinoses, los vistós flamench;
La llántia del temple, la óvila furtiva,
I anyells l'aborrívol condor famolench.
Jo visc de l'almoyna que al humil mai falla;
I em sent benastruch;
Lo grá qu'en les eres se perd entre palla,
Replegue com puch.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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 (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Song of the sparrow", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant du moineau", 1911, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:39
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Word count: 197

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Song of the sparrow

Language: English after the Catalan (Català)

Joyful hunter, go past;
seek for fiercer prey   
and leave me alone,
I am the friend of the house, 
I am the sparrow. 

I do not have the plumage of the goldfinch
which tinges spring with gold and scarlet; 
nor the gentle voice of the nightingale;
nor the wings of the pretty, swift swallow
that cross the ocean in a single flight.
In grey serge, with no colour, no stripes,
in poor clothing I am dressed;  
my sorrows and glories, be joyful or sad,
I sing them as best as I can.

Eagles nest on the rocks
between cliffs, in the gorge that widens its mouth;
among leafy branches, the lively linnet;
turtledove in the tree that split its trunk,
the crow in the crumbling castle ruin.
To man I entrust my brood, 
humble and simple, 
Among the family, under the roof,
I shelter as best as I can.

The ringdove seeks fruit in the forest; the thrush 
grapes from the vine, the starling, the olive; 
to poisonous snakes, the graceful flamingo;
the temple's lamplight, the furtive owl,
and, lambs, the ravenous condor plunders. 
And I live from begging, what to the poor never fails;
feeling fortunate;
the grains lost on the farm-yard between the straw, 
I gather as best as I can.

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  • Translation from Catalan (Català) to English copyright © 2008 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2008-07-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:47
Line count: 32
Word count: 213