Lundu in Praise of an Adoptive Brazilian

Domingos Caldas Barbosa
1739 – 1800


Eyes thus turned gazing,
Head thus inclined
Steps thus taken
She comes to communicate with me.
Oh! Companion,
It cannot be or yes it will be,
The moves are those of a Brazilian.
Who could have told me,
But it is true;
That Lisbon produced
A Pretty Brazilian Woman.

Translation by Lucia Helena Costigan