Mr. Money is a powerful gentleman, by Quevedo

Mr. Money is a powerful gentleman, by Quevedo
Ignacio Zara
Francisco de Quevedo

Francisco de Quevedo

As you know, Yareah magazine next issue (28) is going to be titled: Money, money, money! Thinking of a poem which reflects what money can be, we laugh remember “Mr Money is a powerful gentleman” by the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo. He was extremely satiric and furthermore, from the Baroque, a time truly exaggerated. However, it seems it’s not easy to find the poem translated into English. Then, we have translated it (in a free way) trying to conserve its irony and to eliminate some old Baroque phrases. Enjoy it, it’s really funny.


Mr. Money is a powerful gentleman

By Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645)

Translated by Yareah magazine


Mother, I humble myself to gold,

it’s my lover and my love,

because it’s so lovely

as to be always yellow.

Dollars or Euros,

they can get everything.

Mr. Money is…

a powerful gentleman.


It’s born honestly in our colonies

and everybody wants it.

It comes to die in Spain

and it’s buried in Genoa.

If you have money

you are handsome (never ugly).

Mr. Money is…

a powerful gentleman.


It’s parents are very important

and it has a noble family,

because in the veins of Orient

all blood is royal.

Money can equal

the opulent and the beggar.

Mr. Money is…

a powerful gentleman.


Who doesn’t wonder

seeing its unlimited glory?

The poorest of its home

is the queen of Castile.

And since its power defeats

warriors and cowards

Mr. Money is…

a powerful gentleman.


It’s so much its majesty

as in spite of its duels

and of being devaluated,

doesn’t lose its quality.

It gives authority

at the farmer and the laborer.

Mr. Money is…

a powerful gentleman.


In any land is better

(see how wise it is)

to have money,

both peace and war.

Because it banishes the native

and makes to a foreign citizen.

Mr, Money is…

a powerful gentleman.


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