by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

¿Con qué la lavaré?
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER IRI
¿Con qué la lavaré
la [tez]1 de la mi cara?
¿Con qué la lavaré,
Que vivo mal penada?
Lávanse las casadas
con agua de limones:
lávome yo, cuitada,
con [penas]2 y dolores.

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1 Vasquez: "flor"
2 Vasquez: "ansias"


  • by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

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 (Michael P. Rosewall) , "With what shall I bathe", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Avec quoi puis-je laver", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Womit kann ich sie netzen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Conas a nífidh mé?", copyright © 2014, (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: 8
Word count: 32

Womit kann ich sie netzen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Womit kann ich sie netzen,
die Haut meines Gesichts?
Womit kann ich mich netzen,
ich, die im Kummer lebt?
Essenz von der Zitrone
netzt den Teint der Ehefrauen,
doch ich in meinem Elend
bade in Leid und Schmerz.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-07-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 38