[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
By water they quickly reached the place called Xicalanco, where they did nothing but catch their breath, then again came running along as fast as possible. Then they reached Tecpantlayacac, where upon they again left and came fleeing. They quickly got to Cuetlaxtlan, where they caught their breath and also quickly came away.
And the of Cuetlaxtlan said to them, “First take your rest for a day or so, until you recover your strength.”
But they said to him, “No, rather we are going hurrying to talk to the lord ruler Moteucçoma, to tell him what we saw, these very terrifying things the like of which have never been seen. Perhaps you are the very first to hear them.”
Then they quickly got on their way and soon reached Mexico. It was night when they got there; they came in by night.
During this time Moteucçoma neither slept nor touched food. Whatever he did, he was abstracted; it seemed as though he was ill at ease, frequently sighing. He tired and felt weak. He no longer found anything tasteful, enjoyable, or amusing.
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
in the canoes, and paddling with great haste reached the settlement called Tecpantlayacac. From there they commenced to travel by land, running with great haste. Reaching a settlement called Cuetlaxtlan, they ate there and rested little.
The people of the settlement asked them to rest even for a day.
But they answered them that they could not because they were going with great haste to inform Moteucçoma what they had seen, very new things never seen or heard, which they could tell to no one else.
Traveling with great haste night and day, they reached Mexico at night.
In the time while these messengers went and returned, Moteucçoma was unable to eat or sleep or take joy in anything he did, but was very melancholy, sighing frequently; he suffered great anxiety, and no pastime gave him pleasure, nothing made him happy.
He said, "What is to come of us? Who is to suffer these travails? None other than I, for I am lord and king who is in charge of everyone!"