by Fernando Periquet (1873 - 1940)
Translation © by Pamela Narbona Jerez

El majo discreto
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Dicen que mi majo es feo.
Es posible que sí que lo sea,
que amor es deseo
que ciega y marea.
Ha tiempo que sé
que quien ama no ve.

Mas si no es mi majo un hombre
que por lindo descuelle y asombre,
en cambio es discreto
y guarda un secreto
que yo posé en él
sabiendo que es fiel.

¿Cuál es el secreto
que el majo guardó?
Sería indiscreto
contarlo yo.
No poco trabajo costara saber
secretos de un majo con una mujer.
Nació en Lavapiés.
¡Eh, ¡eh! ¡Es
un majo, un majo es!


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 (Pamela Narbona Jerez) , "The discreet lover", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'amoureux discret", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , "Der diskrete Majo", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 21
Word count: 96

The discreet lover
Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
Some say that my beloved is homely.
It is possible that he may be, 
For love is desire 
Which blinds and dizzies.
For long have I known
That loving is not seeing.

But if my beloved is not a man 
Whose beauty turns heads and astonishes, 
Then he is discreet
And the keeper of a secret
That I entrusted to him
Knowing that he is true.

What could this secret be
That my beloved is safeguarding?
It would be indiscreet 
For me to reveal it. 
It is no small feat to learn 
The secrets between a man and a woman.
He was born in Lavapiés.
He is handsome, handsome is he!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-02-02
Line count: 21
Word count: 112