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¿Con qué la lavaré? (1947)

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Cuatro madrigales amatorios

¿Con qué la lavaré?

¿Con qué la lavaré
la tez de la mi cara?
¿Con qué la lavaré,
Que vivo mal penada?
Lávanse las casadas
con agua de limones:
lávome yo, cuitada,
con penas y dolores.
¿Con qué la lavaré,
que vivo mal penada?

With what shall I wash

With what shall I wash
the skin of my face?
With what shall I wash it?
I live in such sorrow.
Married women wash in lemon water:
in my grief I wash
in pain and sorrow.
With what shall I wash it?
I live in such sorrow.
Translations by Jacqueline Cockburn and Richard Stokes published in the The Spanish Song Companion (Gollancz, 1992)

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Joaquín Rodrigo Vidre, 1st Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez, was a Spanish composer and a virtuoso pianist.

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