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

Cancioncilla sevillana
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
en el naranjel.
Abejitas de oro
buscaban la miel.

¿Dónde estará
la miel?

Está en la flor azul,
En la flor,
del romero aquel.

(Sillita de oro
para el moro.
Silla de oropel
para su mujer.)

en el naranjel.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Jennifer Capaldo) , "Sevillian ditty", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chansonnette sévillane", 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: 16
Word count: 42

Sevillian ditty
Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
Day was breaking
in the orange-grove.
Little golden bees
were searching for honey.

Where will 
the honey be?

It will be in the blue flower,
In that rosemary flower.

(Little seat of gold
for the Moor.
A seat of tinsel
for his wife.)

Day was dawning
in the orange-grove.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-27
Line count: 15
Word count: 50