Texts in Spanish

Castellano Antiguo

Here is a very cool example of Old Spanish. These are the last two paragraphs of the poem Coplas a la Muerte de su Padre that Jorge Manrique dedicated to the memory of his father. The first paragraph is a prayer to Jesus that Manrique’s father says, and the second paragraph is the conclusion of the poem.

Author: Jorge Manrique
Publication date: 1476-1479
Level: Advanced

«Tú que, por nuestra maldad,
tomaste forma servil
e baxo nombre;
tú, que a tu divinidad
juntaste cosa tan vil
como es el hombre;
tú, que tan grandes tormentos
sofriste sin resistencia
en tu persona,
non por mis merescimientos,
mas por tu sola clemencia
me perdona».

Assí, con tal entender,
todos sentidos humanos
conservados,
cercado de su mujer
y de sus hijos e hermanos
e criados,
dio el alma a quien gela dio
(el cual la ponga en el cielo
en su gloria),
que aunque la vida perdió,
dexónos harto consuelo
su memoria.

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