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Publication Date: 1910
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This is the tale of Ollantay, a noble commoner who defies the Inca because of his love for the princess Cusi Coyllor, and thereby puts the empire into a state of rebellion. Ollantay combines tragedy and comedy, and has a vivid cast of male and female characters. This translation by Clements Markham follows the original closely and is very readable.
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An open space near the junction of the two torrents of Cuzco, the Huatanay and Tullumayu or Rodadero, called Pumap Chupan, just outside the gardens of the Sun. The Temple of the Sun beyond the gardens, and the Sacsahuaman hill surmounted by the fortress, rising in the distance. The palace of Colcampata on the hillside.
(Enter OLLANTAY L. [in a gilded tunic, breeches of llama sinews, usutas or shoes of llama hide, a red mantle of ccompi or fine cloth, and the chucu or head-dress of his rank, holding a battle-axe (champi) and club (macana)] and PIQUI CHAQUI coming up from the back R. [in a coarse brown tunic of auasca or llama cloth, girdle used as a sling, and chucu or head-dress of a Cuzqueño].)
Ollantay. Where, young fleet-foot, hast thou been?
Hast thou the starry Ñusta seen?
Piqui Chaqui. The Sun forbids such sacrilege
'Tis not for me to see the star.
Dost thou, my master, fear no ill,
Thine eyes upon the Inca's child?
Ollantay. In spite of all I swear to love
That tender dove, that lovely star;
My heart is as a lamb with her,
And ever will her presence seek.
Piqui Chaqui. Such thoughts are prompted by Supay ;
That evil being possesses thee.
All round are beauteous girls to choose
Before old age, and weakness come.
If the great Inca knew thy plot
And what thou seekest to attain,
Thy head would fall by his command,
Thy body would be quickly burnt.
Ollantay. Boy, do not dare to cross me thus.
One more such word and thou shalt die.
These hands will tear thee limb from limb,
If still thy councils are so base.
Piqui Chaqui. Well! treat thy servant as a dog,
But do not night and day repeat,
'Piqui Chaqui! swift of foot!
Go once more to seek the star.'
Ollantay. Have I not already said
That e'en if death's fell scythe was here,
If mountains should oppose my path
Like two fierce foes who block the way,
Yet will I fight all these combined
And risk all else to gain my end,
And whether it be life or death
I'll cast myself at Coyllur's feet.
Piqui Chaqui. Rut if Supay himself should come?
Ollantay. I'd strike the evil spirit down.
Piqui Chaqui. If thou shouldst only see his nose,
Thou wouldst not speak as thou dost now.
Ollantay. Now, Piqui Chaqui, speak the truth,
Seek not evasion or deceit.
Dost thou not already know,
Of all the flowers in the field,
Not one can equal my Princess?
Piqui Chaqui. Still, my master, thou dost rave.
I think I never saw thy love.
Stay! was it her who yesterday
Came forth with slow and faltering steps
And sought a solitary path ?
If so, 'tis true she's like the sun,
The moon less beauteous than her face.
Ollantay. It surely was my dearest love.
How beautiful, how bright is she
This very moment thou must go
And take my message to the Star.
Piqui Chaqui. I dare not, master; in the day,
1 fear to pass the palace gate.
With all the splendour of the court,
I could not tell her from the rest.
Ollantay. Didst thou not say thou sawest her?
Piqui Chaqui. I said so, but it was not sense.
A star can only shine at night
Only at night could I be sure.
Ollantay. Begone, thou lazy good-for-nought.
The joyful star that I adore,
If placed in presence of the Sun,
Would shine as brightly as before.
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