Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Love song - Anonymous Misīrī tribesman

Fair without [adornment of] beads and necklace,
I pray for you to God the One the Creator
that graciously He may grant you a divorce.
When they played the dance-drum
you surpassed all women great and small;
a lad who has not “petted” you,
what does he know of sweetness?

Anonymous Misīrī tribesman (19th century) Chad
Source: Songs of the Baggara, by S. Hillelson in: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol XII, Part 1 (1929)

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