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So peaceful Souvenir. A brother singing ancient Andalusian song in Al-hambra palace.


The right amount of melancholy

This is one of my most favorite Andalusian muwashshahat (an Arabic poem that’s specifically written to be sung). It was written in the 3rd century by an Arab poet from Granada, so it’s not very far fetched that the song has been sung at some point in that very palace centuries ago. 

These are the lyrics in Arabic and English, in case anyone’s interested. 

When he appeared with a sway in his walk 
My darling infatuated me with his beauty
Oh, my fate and my confusion
Who will have mercy when I complain
Of anguish in love
Except for the holder of beauty?

لما بدا يتثنى
حبي جماله فتننا
وعدي و يا حيرتي
من لي رحيم شكوتي
فى الحب من لوعتي
إلا مليك الجمال

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