[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Seventh chapter, where is told the account that the messengers who went to see the boat gave to Moteucçoma.
When this was done, they talked to Moteucçoma,telling him what they had beheld, and they showed him what [the Spaniards’] food was like.
And when he heard what the messengers reported, he was greatly afraid and taken aback, and he was amazed at their food. It especially made him faint when he heard how the guns went off at [the Spaniards’] command, sounding like thunder, causing people actually to swoon, blocking the ears. And when it went off, something like a ball came out from inside, and fire went showering and spitting out. And the smoke that came from it had a very foul stench, striking one in the face. And if they shot at a hill, it seemed to crumble and come apart. And it turned a tree to dust; it seemed to make it vanish, as though someone had conjured it away. Their war gear was all iron. They clothed their bodies in iron, they put iron on their heads, their swords were iron,
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Chapter Seven, of the account that the messengers returning from the ships gave to Moteucçoma.
When the above-said had been done, they gave account to Moteucçoma of everything they had seen and heard, and told of the food that they ate and the weapons they used, and of everything that happened to them with the Spaniards.
When Moteucçoma had heard the account that his ambassadors gave him, he was greatly shocked and began to be afraid. He marveled at the Spaniards' food and at hearing the business of the artillery, especially the thunderous sounds that burst the eardrums and the stench of the powder, which appears to be something infernal, and the fire that they hurl from the mouth, and the impact of the ball, which reduces a tree to shreds at one blow, and the account of the very strong weapons they used, offensive as well as defensive, such as cuirasses, coats of mail, visored helmets, etc., and swords, crossbows, harquebuses, lances, etc.
Also the account of the horses and of their great size, and how the Spaniards mounted them in armor,