Let Us Eat and Drink Today

Juan del Encina
Spanish
1468 – 1529

 

Let us eat and drink today.
Let us sing and enjoy life,
for tomorrow we fast.

In honor of this day of Carnival,
let us do ourselves proud,
and stuff our stomachs,
and stretch the skin.

Such custom is good advice,
that we should fill ourselves today,
for tomorrow we fast.

Let us enjoy ourselves today,
for tomorrow is like death.
Let us eat and drink everything
as we head for our flocks.

We won’t lose even a mouthful.
we’ll eat on the way,
for tomorrow we fast.

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