“Ondas do mar de Vigo”, by Martín Códax

O flowing waves of Vigo´s bay
Have you seen my love who is gone away?
Ah God, will he soon come to me?

O waves, fair waves of the swelling sea,
Have you seen my lover woe is me?
Ah God, will he soon come to me?

Have you seen my love for whom I sight
And sorrowing weep incessantly?
Ah God, will he soon come to me?

Have you seen my lover for whom always
I sorrowing grieve by night and day?
Ah God, will he soon come to me?

The author of this female love poem is Martín Códax, a Galician troubadour from the 13th century. During the Middle Ages, Galician and Portuguese were part of one and the same language called Galaico-portuguese. This was a magnificent period for writing and some of the most important works of our literature were produced during this period. Although the language has changed a lot since that time, there are still enough correlations for today’s reader to understand the first instances of written Galician quite well.


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