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L'hereu Riera (Heir Riera)

Language: Catalan (Català)

Per a Sant Antoni
grans balles hi ha.
Per a Sant Maurici 
tot el poble hi va.

Tra la-ra-la, tra-la-ra-la 
tra la-ra-la-là. 
N'hi van tres donzelles, 
són de l'Empordà,
l'una diu a l'altra: 
-- I a tu, qui el traurà?
Anem donzelletes, --
anem a ballar, --
que l'Hereu Riera
ens hi farà entrar.
La primera dansa 
la'n treu a ballar, 
la segona dansa
la nova arribà.
Perdonin senyores
que me n'haig d'anar,
que la meva amada
a la mort n'està.

-- Déu vos guard, Maria,
Maria, com va? 
-- Per a mi, Riera,
molt malament va.
Se'n gira d'esquena, --
a l'església se'n va.
Davant d'un Sant Cristo
se'n va agenollar. 
-- Senyor, que m'ajudi 
si em vol ajudar,
que em torni l'amada 
que a la mort n'està.
Al cap dels nou dies 
Maria es llevà,
a les tres setmanes
es varen casar.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Salvador Pila [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Heir Riera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:54
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Word count: 137

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Heir Riera

Language: English after the Catalan (Català)

On Saint Anthony's day 
great balls take place.
On Saint Maurice's day 
the whole village goes there. 

Tra la-ra-la, tra-la-ra-la
Tra la-ra-là.
Three maidens go to the ball,
they are from the Empordà, 
one says to the other:
- who will ask you to dance?
Let's go little maidens, 
let's go to the ball,
that Heir Riera 
will let us step in.
She is asked
for the first dance,
but at the second
the news arrived.
Excuse me miladies
but I have to go, 
because my beloved 
soon she will die. 

- May God be with you, Maria,
how is Maria? 
- I reckon, Riera,
that she is very ill.
He turns his back,
and goes to the church.
In front of the Holy Christ 
he goes down on his knees.
- Lord, please help me
if you want to help me,
give me back my loved one 
who is at death's door.
Nine days afterwards 
Maria gets out of bed 
and within three weeks
they got married.

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Text added to the website: 2008-10-02 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:57
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Word count: 168