The King of Tetzcoco Remembers

David Bowles
4 min readMay 15, 2024

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

By Cacamatzin, the last king of Tetzcoco, when he found himself in dire straits, remembering the power and great majesty of his country and his grandfather.¹

Friends, listen to them for a moment:
“If only no one went marching off
to war like some ancient lord.
If only anger and quarreling
would be forgotten, erased
from the face of this good earth!”

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David Bowles

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