Jorge Manrique

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Jorge Manrique (c. 1440 – 1479) was a major Spanish poet, whose main work, the Coplas a la muerte de su padre (Stanzas about the Death of his Father), is still read today. He was a supporter of the great Spanish queen, Isabel I of Castile, and actively participated on her side in the civil war that broke out against her half-brother, Enrique IV, when the latter attempted to make his daughter, ... more »

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Coplas A La Muerte De Su Padre

I

Recuerde el alma dormida,
abiue el seso e despierte
contemplando
cómo se passa la vida,
cómo se viene la muerte
tan callando,
quánd presto se va el plazer,
cómo después de acordado
da dolor,
cómo, a nuestro parescer,
qualquiere tiempo passado
fue mejor.

II


Y pues vemos lo presente
cómo en vno punto s'es ido
e acabado,
si juzgamos sabiamente,
daremos lo non venido
por passado.
Non se engañe nadi, no,
pensando que a de durar
lo que espera
más que duró lo que vio,
pues que todo ha de passar
por tal ...

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