Let a Song Be Sung

David Bowles
3 min readMay 12, 2024

The third cuicatl in Songs of the Lords of Anahuac, my English translation of the codex Romances de los señores de la Nueva España.

Once again he sings;
he too will soon arrive.
Our flowers, our songs
are fashioned and formed.

Let him present himself,
my friends, yonder
where those princes live:
Nezahualcoyotl¹ the singer
and Tzontecochatzin!²



David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.