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

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[XXVIII] [Part 2, Song 14]119

7 Flowers are our only adornment. Only through songs does this pain of ours, this flower multitude, come falling down.120

11 “Will companions be lost to me,121 comrades lost to me, when I, Yoyontzin, have gone to the Singing Place, to God?”

17 O Nezahualcoyotl, O Montezuma, be pleasured […]122

116. For payatioo read poyauhtiuh ‘it goes away shining [as one that is illustrious]’. The expected form would be mopoyauhtiuh (cf. line 3).

117. In place of dios ‘God’, CM 61v:22–23 has Xippilli Quauhtlehuanitl ‘the Turquoise Prince, Ascending Eagle [i.e., the sun]’. See DICT, CMSA p. 39.

118. For mozoni read pozoni, as at CM 61v:24.

119. Gloss: ‘song of Nezahualcoyotzin recalling Cuauhtzin and Tezozomoctzin’. The song also appears in CM as 40 (25:8–25v:1) and as 5 (3v:1–17), where 40 has Nezahualcoyotl and Montezuma recalling Tezozomoc and Cuacuauhtzin, not Tezozomoc and Cuauhtzin, and 5 has Nezahualcoyotl, unaccompanied, recalling Tezozomoc only.

CM song 40 is given in full, below, enclosed in square brackets, to substitute for RSNE XVIII, here broken off after the first few lines (on account of the manuscript’s missing folio).

120. As in the parallel passages in CM the verb huetzi ‘to fall’ is reduplicated, huehuetzi. But here the singer understands it differently, supplementing [i]n tel[l]el ‘this pain of ours’ with in nepapan xochitl ‘this multitude of flowers’, prompting the literal translation ‘fall [down]’ rather than ‘fall(s) [away]’ or ‘subside(s)’.

121. For y

cohuayootl read in cohuayotl as in CM.

122. Folio 33 is missing from the manuscript.

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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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