CSM Cantiga 29 Lyrics: Nas mentes sempre tẽer

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Nas mentes sempre tẽer
Cantiga 29: Nas mentes sempre tẽer
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Esta é como Santa María fez parecer nas pédras omágẽes a sa semellança.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Nas mentes sempre tẽer 7  A
2 devemo-las sas feituras 7' B
3 da Virgen, pois receber 7  A
4 as foron as pédras duras. 7' B
 
  Stanza I     
5 Per quant' éu dizer oí 7  c
6 a muitos que foron i, CSM 29:6As Mettmann notes, [E] begins this line with a omẽes, [T] has a muitos written over an erasure, and [To] has a omes in the main text with a muitos in the margin. Elmes has "a omé-es" (his first volume has acute accents in place of tildes), which is just a misreading of [E] a omẽes due to the words and musical notes in the manuscript being rather bunched up. I've chosen to stick with Mettmann's choice of muitos, but the [To] form ómes, which also scans correctly, would be quite acceptable too. 7  c
7 na santa Gessemaní 7  c
8 foron achadas figuras 7' B
9 da Madre de Déus, assí 7  c
10 que non foron de pinturas. 7' B
  Nas mentes sempre tẽer...    
 
  Stanza II     
11 Nen ar entalladas non 7  c
12 foron, se Déus me perdôn, 7  c
13 e avía i faiçôn 7  c
14 da Sennor das aposturas 7' B
15 con séu Fill', e per razôn 7  c
16 feitas ben per sas mesuras. 7' B
  Nas mentes sempre tẽer...    
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  Stanza III     
17 Porên as resprandecer 7  c
18 fez tan muit' e parecer, 7  c
19 per que devemos creer 7  c
20 que é Sennor das naturas, 7' B
21 que nas cousas á poder 7  c
22 de fazer craras d' escuras. 7' B
  Nas mentes sempre tẽer...    
 
  Stanza IV     
23 Déus x' as quise figurar 7  c
24 en pédra por nos mostrar 7  c
25 que a sa Madre onrrar 7  c
26 deven todas creaturas, 7' B
27 pois deceu carne fillar 7  c
28 en ela das sas alturas. 7' B
  Nas mentes sempre tẽer...    
 

Footnotes

Line 6:

As Mettmann notes, [E] begins this line with a omẽes, [T] has a muitos written over an erasure, and [To] has a omes in the main text with a muitos in the margin. Elmes has "a omé-es" (his first volume has acute accents in place of tildes), which is just a misreading of [E] a omẽes due to the words and musical notes in the manuscript being rather bunched up. I've chosen to stick with Mettmann's choice of muitos, but the [To] form ómes, which also scans correctly, would be quite acceptable too.

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Footnotes

E1:

See the note to line 6 in the lyrics; [E] has a omẽes here in the first stanza. Mettmann's a muitos comes from [T].

Manuscript references

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

[E]29viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/103small.htmlExternal link
[T]29 
[To]29view p1http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/To/bob027small.gifExternal link
view p2http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/To/bob028small.gifExternal link

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 29http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=29

Links to the Oxford database are provided with the kind permission of the project team. When planning a concert or recording, I would recommend that you use (and credit) my more pragmatic texts and supporting materials in the preparation of your performance, but that you request permission from the Oxford database team to reproduce (and credit) their own critically edited texts in your programme or liner notes, as these adhere to stricter criteria that keep them closer to the original sources, and undoubtedly have the greater academic authority.

Metrical summary

Refrain

7  7'  7  7'

Stanzas

7  7  7  7'  7  7'

Rhyme

ABAB / cccBcB
 RIIIIIIIV
A 
Buɾas
c i

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow506:31
Slow1003:15
Medium1502:10
Fast2001:37
Very fast2501:18

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: 326