Jorge Manrique, “Coplas a la muerte de su padre”

¿Qué se hizo el rey don Juan?
Los infantes de Aragón,
¿qué se hizieron?
¿Qué fue de tanto galán?
¿Qué fue de tanta invención
como traxieron?
Las justas y los torneos,
paramentos, bordaduras
y cimeras
¿fueron sino devaneos?
¿Qué fueron sino verduras
de las heras?

Jorge Manrique, Coplas a la muerte de su padre / Verses on the death of his father (1477)

What did King Juan do?
The princes of Aragón,
what did they do?
What became of such gallantry?
What became of such tales
as they told?
The jousts and the tournaments,
trappings, caparisons,
and crests,
were they just dalliances?
What were they but weeds
in the threshing-floor?

Published by Catherine Addington

I am a translator from Spanish to English and a writer on saints, myths, and icons in both religious and secular contexts.

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