As the huge heaving sea makes other waters small
And the Morning Star shines the brightest in the sky
You are that much fairer than any other girl
And that is why I want to love you, my sweet love.
For Valentine’s Day I have translated a poem in Latin from the Carmina Rivipullensia, the Songbook of Ripoll which was collected in the twelfth century. These medieval poems are usually thought of as the work of dissolute clerircs- clerici vagantes- called goliardos in Spanish. I am not a wandering monk in the style of Goldmund but I thought the image of the immense sea making all other waters little responded very well to the way I feel about Carmen.