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Festas Felizes, Portugal

AMALIA RODRIGUES

 

Ha Festa na Mouraria                                                There’s a Festival in Mouraria

(A. Amargo/A. Duarte)                                                   (A. Amargo/A. Duarte)

 

 

Ha festa na Mouraria                                                There’s a festival in the town

E dia de procissão                                                    It’s the day of the procession                       

Da Senhora de Saúde                                               For the Lady of Good Health

Ate a Rosa Maria                                                     Even Rosa Maria

Da Rua de Capelao                                                   From the street of ill repute

Parece de tem virtude.                                              Seems to be virtuous.

 

Colchas ricas nas janelas                                           Splendid quilts in every window

Petalas soltas no chao                                               Rose petals all on the ground

Almas crentes povo rude                                           The faithful and unbelievers mingle

Anda a fe pelas vielas.                                               In the narrow streets.

E dia da procissão                                                     It’s the day of the procession

Da Senhora da Saúde.                                                For the Lady of Good Health.

 

Apos um curto rumor                                                After brief murmurings

Profundo silencio pesa                                              Deep silence reigns

Por sobre o lago da guia                                            As all along the way

Passa a Virgem no andor.                                               The Virgin is carried.

Tudo se ajoelha e reza                                                   All kneel and pray in reverence

Ate a Rosa Maria.                                                     Even Rosa Maria.

 

Como que petrificada                                                As if turned to stone

Em ferverosa oração,                                                 In fervent devoted prayer,

E tao a sue attitude                                                   Such is her presence

Qua a Rosa já desfolhada                                         That even Rosa who was deflowered

Da Rua do Capelao                                                   On the street of ill repute

Parece que tem virtude.                                             Seems to be virtuous.

 

 

 

 

 

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