CSM Cantiga 181 Lyrics: Pero que seja a gente

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Pero que seja a gente
Cantiga 181: Pero que seja a gente
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Esta é como Aboíuçaf foi desbaratado en Marrócos pela sina de Santa María.

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1 Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda, CSM 181:1Mettmann inserts the word e in the second hemistich here to fix both the metre and the sense (the adjective descreúda modifies gente, not lei) although the word is in neither [E] nor [T]. However, this means that the refrain music in [E] is one note/ligature short. The same problem arises in the vuelta, where in both manuscripts just four notes/ligatures are written over what should be the word perigoosa, with the five syllables required by the metre—though in fact [T] has perigosa and [E] the aberrant form periigosa. In order to fit all stanzas to the music, I have therefore chosen to split the .raron ligatures at E1 and E2 into .ra + .ron (see the Music tab) which gives the best rhythmic result, in my opinion. (Elmes' solution is to split the preceding .owo ligatures, but to my ear that leads to rather awkward, rushed syllable sequences in most stanzas. Note also that although Elmes does split the .owo ligature above lei in the refrain, he doesn't actually insert the word e but instead wrongly divides lei as "le-i".) 7' | 7' A
2 os que a Virgen mais aman, | a esses ela ajuda. 7' | 7' A
 
  Stanza I     
3 Fremoso miragre desto | fez a Virgen grorïosa 7' | 7' b
4 na cidade de Marrócos, | que é mui grand' e fremosa, 7' | 7' b
5 a un rei que éra ende | sennor, que perigoosa CSM 181:5See note to line 1. 7' | 7' b
6 guérra con outro avía, | per que gran mestér ajuda 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
 
  Stanza II     
7 Avía de quen lla désse; | ca assí com' el cercado 7' | 7' b
8 jazía dentr' en Marrócos, | ca o outro ja passado 7' | 7' b
9 éra per un grande río | que Morabe é chamado 7' | 7' b
10 con muitos de cavaleiros | e mui gran gente mïúda. 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/181
 
  Stanza III     
11 E corrían pelas pórtas | da vila, e quant' achavan 7' | 7' b
12 que fosse fóra dos muros, | todo per força fillavan. 7' | 7' b
13 E porend' os de Marrócos | al Rei tal conssello davan 7' | 7' b
14 que saísse da cidade | con bõa gent' esleúda 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
 
  Stanza IV     
15 D' armas e que mantenente | cono outro rei lidasse 7' | 7' b
16 e lógo fóra da vila | a sina sacar mandasse 7' | 7' b
17 da Virgen Santa María, | e que per ren non dultasse 7' | 7' b
18 que os lógo non vencesse, | pois la ouvésse tenduda; 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
 
  Stanza V     
19 Demais, que saír fezésse | dos crischãos o concello 7' | 7' b
20 conas cruzes da eigreja. | E el creeu séu consello; 7' | 7' b
21 e poi-la sina sacaron | daquela que é espello 7' | 7' b
22 dos ángeos e dos santos, | e dos mouros foi vïúda, 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/181
 
  Stanza VI     
23 Que éran da outra parte, | atal espant' ên colleron 7' | 7' b
24 que, pero gran poder éra, | lógo todos se venceron, 7' | 7' b
25 e as tendas que trouxéran | e o al todo perderon, 7' | 7' b
26 e morreu i muita gente | dessa fea e barvuda. 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
 
  Stanza VII     
27 E per Morabe passaron | que ante passad' ouvéran, 7' | 7' b
28 e sen que perdud' avían | todo quant' alí trouxéran, 7' | 7' b
29 atán gran medo da sina | e das cruzes i preséran, 7' | 7' b
30 que fogindo non avía | nïún redẽa tẽuda. 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
 
  Stanza VIII     
31 E assí Santa María | ajudou a séus amigos, 7' | 7' b
32 pero que d' outra lei éran, | a britar séus ẽemigos 7' | 7' b
33 que, macar que éran muitos, | nonos preçaron dous figos, 7' | 7' b
34 e assí foi sa mercee | de todos mui connoçuda. 7' | 7' A
  Pero que seja a gente | d' outra lei e descreúda...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/181
 

Footnotes

Line 1:

Mettmann inserts the word e in the second hemistich here to fix both the metre and the sense (the adjective descreúda modifies gente, not lei) although the word is in neither [E] nor [T]. However, this means that the refrain music in [E] is one note/ligature short. The same problem arises in the vuelta, where in both manuscripts just four notes/ligatures are written over what should be the word perigoosa, with the five syllables required by the metre—though in fact [T] has perigosa and [E] the aberrant form periigosa. In order to fit all stanzas to the music, I have therefore chosen to split the .raron ligatures at E1 and E2 into .ra + .ron (see the Music tab) which gives the best rhythmic result, in my opinion. (Elmes' solution is to split the preceding .owo ligatures, but to my ear that leads to rather awkward, rushed syllable sequences in most stanzas. Note also that although Elmes does split the .owo ligature above lei in the refrain, he doesn't actually insert the word e but instead wrongly divides lei as "le-i".)

Line 5:

See note to line 1.

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E1:

See the main note to the lyrics for an explanation of the changes here and at E2.

Manuscript references

External links marked are to facsimiles on Greg Lindahl's Cantigas de Santa Maria website.

[E]181viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/336small.htmlExternal link
[T]181 

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 181http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=181

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Metrical summary

Refrain

7' | 7'  7' | 7'

Stanzas

7' | 7'  7' | 7'  7' | 7'  7' | 7'

Rhyme

AA / bbbA
 RIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIII
Auda
b ozaadoaβaŋaseeʎoeɾoŋɛɾaŋigos

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow5016:00
Slow1008:00
Medium1505:19
Fast2004:00
Very fast2503:12

These are very approximate total times for a full sung (or spoken) performance of all stanzas with all repeats of the refrain. Note that the speed is in average syllables per minute, and no particular mensural interpretation is assumed. More ornamented music will reduce the syllabic speed considerably. Remember also to add time for instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes.

Total syllables: 800