Iturria: Springtime in the Basque Mountains / Udaberria Euskal mendietan (Grant Richards, London, 1901)
Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917)
II. atala. Cambo. Holy War. 114 orr. Testuak irrintzi bat deskribatzen du.
The Echeco-Jauna sleeps peacefully as well as his faithful mastiff, without being disturbed by those dismal howlings so familiar to the sons of the mountains and of the forest. The mastiff, however, suddenly raises its enormous head, pricks up its ears, opens its jaws, and utters a howl of alarm. The Echeco-Jauna lifts his head, and leaning his elbow on the bed pillow lends attentive ear, and with feverish hand grasp the bugle of war. What was it awoke the Echeco-Jauna? And what alarmed the mastiff? Amid the howlings of the tempest a great voice was heard; this voice resounded from beyond the Ebro. It was the cry o f a whole people offended in its dignity, and stained in its honour. Thus did our Basque chieftain and his faithful mastiff interpret that cry. They both ascended the summit of the mountains, and to the roaring of the tempest is quickly added the sound of the bugle of war. All at once huge flames shoot up along the entire chain of mountains from Larum, the frontier of Navarre, to Tolosa, the frontier of Castile. And the echoing sound of the war-bugle rises above the noises of the storm, flies across the woods of Biscaya, along the precipices of Guipuzcoa, and sweeps the arid plains of Alava. And the chieftains of the three tribes, from the heights of Gorbea, Amboto, and Aitzgorri, repeat unceasingly the war-cry, floating the standards of war lashed by the tempest. From Gorbea, from Amboto, and from Aitzgorri issues the call which no Basque ever leave unanswered: la, ia, ia, ó ó, ó ! Bill-Zaar, in Vitoria, in Tolosa, and in Guernica!
And this call vibrated throughout the whole Euscuara (sic) nation, who replied with tremendous vehemence : ‘ la, ia, ia, ó, ó, ó, Blll-Zaar, Bill-Zaar!
Egilea: Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917)Data: 22/10/1901