by Federico García Lorca (1898 - 1936)
Translation © by Richard Gard

Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
La Carmen está bailando
por las calles de Sevilla.
Tiene blancos los cabellos
y brillantes las pupilas.

¡Niñas, corred las cortinas!

En su cabeza se enrosca
una serpiente amarilla,
y va soñando en el baile
con galanes de otros días.

¡Niñas, corred las cortinas!

Las calles están desiertas
y en los fondos se adivinan,
corazones andaluces
buscando viejas espinas.

¡Niñas, corred las cortinas!


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  • ENG English (Richard Gard) , "Dance", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Danse", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ivo Zandhuis

This text was added to the website: 2005-01-11
Line count: 15
Word count: 63

Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
Carmen is dancing
in the streets of Seville.
Her hair is white
and her pupils sparkle.
Girls, close the curtains!
Around her head is entwined
a yellow snake.
And she is dreaming, dancing
with gentlemen from the past.
Girls, close the curtains!
The streets are deserted
and in the shadows are gleamed
Andalucian hearts
Unearthing old sorrows.
Girls, close the curtains!


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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-03
Line count: 15
Word count: 61