Ballads of the Lords of New Spain: The Codex Romances de los Señores de la Nueva España

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12 God Self Maker’s home is nowhere.31 Prayers and services to him are everywhere. His fame and glory are sought on earth.32

16 God Self Maker makes ohuaya.33 Prayers and services to him are F5 everywhere. His fame and glory are sought on earth.

3 “No one, no one can be Life Giver’s friend. Where there are prayers to him, near him and in his presence, can there be life here on earth?”

8 What does he enjoy? Where there are prayers to him, near him and in his presence, there can be life here on earth.

12 “O Life Giver, really no one is your friend. You merely treat people as flowers on earth and in your presence.

28. Read mach oc zan no yhui oncan ‘Indeed just now, absolutely thus at this time’. DICT mach 2, oc 4, no iuh, oncan 2. The oddly formed h in och (read oc), evidently a copyist’s careless duplication of the preceding h in mach, is similarly formed at 6:16 (fifth character from the end of the line).

29. The translatable text is followed by a string of vocables, including some unusual ones. Cf. the similar cani, toco, ton-cohuili, etc., in the Concordance to Vocables in DICT pp. 729–36.

30. Gloss: ‘the great power of the Creator’. And to the right: ‘already transcribed’.

31. Superscript totecoyo ‘Our Lord’. His home is “nowhere” because he seizes authority everywhere, as explained in FC 4:33:34–37.

32. Literally, ‘he is called to’ (notzalo); ‘he is waited upon, i.e., venerated’ (chiyalo). For itleyotzi mahuizyo read itleyotzin imahuizyo ‘his fame, his glory’.

33. Superscript totecoyo ‘Our Lord’. Cf. CM 13v:3–4 Çan ca ilhuicatlytec oncan ticyocoya motlatol can yehuã Dios ‘Oh, God! You’re making those songs of yours in heaven’.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • A Note on Orthography xi
  • Using the Online Edition xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • On the Translation of Aztec Poetry 24
  • Guide to the Vocabulary 71
  • Romances de Los Señores de la Nueva España Ballads of the Lords of New Spain 75
  • Guide to the Transcription 76
  • Part 1 80
  • I 81
  • II 85
  • III 87
  • IV 89
  • V 91
  • V 95
  • VII 97
  • VIII 99
  • IX 100
  • X 101
  • XII 108
  • XIII 109
  • XIV 111
  • Part 2 114
  • XV [Part 2, Song 1] 115
  • XVI [Part 2, Song 2] 117
  • XVI [Part 2, Song 3]30 119
  • XVIII [Part 2, Song 4]36 121
  • XIX [Part 2, Song 5]46 123
  • XX [Part 2, Song 6]59 126
  • XXI [Part 2, Song 7]67 128
  • XXII [Part 2, Song 8] 131
  • XXIII [Part 2, Song 9]82 133
  • XXIV [Part 2, Song 10]92 135
  • XXV [Part 2, Song 11] 137
  • XXVI [Part 2, Song 12] 139
  • XXVII [Part 2, Song 13]108 141
  • XXVIII [Part 2, Song 14]119 143
  • Part 3 146
  • XXIX [Part 3, Song 1]1 147
  • XXIX-a [Part 3, Song 1-a]10 149
  • XXX [Part 3, Song 2] 151
  • XXXI [Part 3, Song 3]21 152
  • XXXII [Part 3, Song 4]33 154
  • Part 4 156
  • XXXIII [Part 4, Song 1]1 157
  • XXXIV [Part 4, Song 2] 159
  • XXXV [Part 4, Song 3] 161
  • Commentary 163
  • Concordance to Proper Nouns 189
  • Verbs, Particles, and Common Nouns 204
  • Appendix I - Two Versions of the Myth of the Origin of Music 207
  • Appendix II - Corrections for the Cantares Edition 211
  • Bibliography 221
  • Index 233
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