Que no quiero amores

This is an anonymous ballad od somewhat indeterminate vintage as far as I can tell, but it may well have been written at a time when Spain and England were close allies and the educated classes travelled between the two countries. Perhaps it might have been around the time of King Henry 8th’s marriage with Katherine of Aragon in the early 1500s, or the marriage of Henry’s elder daughter, Queen Mary 1st, with Philip 2nd of Spain. Anyway the poem may be the lament of a noble courtier sent to London as part of the entourage surrounding one of the royal parties, and who has been told that he can get married to an English girl. This is his anguished response – I don’t want to fall in love in England, there are much nicer girls at home in Spain…

Cancion

Que no quiero amores
en Ingalaterra,
pues otros mejores
tengo yo en mi tierra

No quiero ni estimo
ser favorecido;
de amores me eximo,
qu’es tiempo perdido
seguir a Cupido
en Ingalaterra,
pues otros mejores
tengo yo en mi tierra.

¿Que favores puede
darme la fortuna,
por mucho que ruede
el sol ni la luna,
ni mujer alguna
en Ingalaterra,
pues otros mejores
tengo yo en mi tierra?

Que cuando allá vaya,
a fé yo lo fío,
Buen galardon haya
del servicio mío;
que son desvarío
los de Ingalateterra,
pues otros mejores
tengo yo en mi tierra.

My theory is that this poem was composed before our courtier departed from Spain – when in London he would have found there are plenty of nice English girls, as there are still are.

For a similar sentiment in more modern culture, compare the 60s song California Girls by the Beach Boys.

The Poetry Dude

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