06
Jul
13

Federico García Lorca’s “Cancioncilla del primer deseo” (a translation)

Federico García Lorca’s poem appears in Canciones, 1921-1924 (Songs, 1921-1924).

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Cancioncilla del primer deseo

En la mañana verde,
quería ser corazón.
Corazón.

Y en la tarde madura
quería ser ruiseñor.
Ruiseñor.

   (Alma,
ponte color naranja!
¡Alma,
ponte color de amor.)

En la mañana viva,
yo quería ser yo.
Corazón.

Y en la tarde caída
quería ser mi voz.
Ruiseñor.

   ¡Alma,
ponte color naranja!
¡Alma,
ponte color de amor!

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Ditty of the First Wish

In the green morning,
I want to be a heart.
A heart.

And in the mature afternoon,
I want to be a nightingale.
A nightingale.

   (Soul,
transform to orange.
Soul,
become the color of love.)

In the ripe morning
I want to be me.
A heart.

And in the late night,
I want to be my voice.
A nightingale.

   Soul,
transmute to orange!
Soul,
become the color of love!

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4 Responses to “Federico García Lorca’s “Cancioncilla del primer deseo” (a translation)”


  1. July 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I love this poem. Nice translation.


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