by Federico García Lorca (1898 - 1936)
Translation © by Jennifer Capaldo

La señorita
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
La señorita
del abanico,
va por el puente
del fresco río.

Los caballeros
con sus levitas,
miran el puente
sin barandillas.

La señorita
del abanico
y los volantes,
busca marido.

Los caballeros
están casados,
con altas rubias
de idioma blanco.

Los grillos cantan
por el Oeste.

(La señorita.
va por lo verde.)

Los grillos cantan
bajo las flores.

(Los caballeros,
van por el Norte.) 

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Jennifer Capaldo) , "Chinese song in Europe", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chanson chinoise en Europe", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2010-05-03
Line count: 24
Word count: 64

Chinese song in Europe
Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
The señorita
with the fan
is crossing the bridge
of the cool stream.

The gentlemen
with their coats
are watching the bridge
with no handrails.

The señorita
with the fan
and flounced skirt
is seeking a husband.

The gentlemen are all married
to tall blonde women
who speak the language
of the Western man.

The crickets are singing
in the West.

(The señorita walks
through the grass.)

The crickets are singing
beneath the flowers.

(The caballeros
are off to the North.)


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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-27
Line count: 24
Word count: 81