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  • Bellezze della Donna (Feminine Beauty)
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    Bellezze della Donna Feminine Beauty
    1.
    Supra un munti sparman stu bellu ciuri !
    Chistu è lu ciuri di la tò billizza ;
    Risguardu e lu talïu di tutt 'uri,
    Risguardu quant' è bella la tò trizza.
    Pri pînciti cu' fu ssu gran pitturi ?
    Chissu ca dipinciu tanta billizza ?
    Pinciri 'un ti putia nudu pitturi,
    Diu sulu ca ti retti ssa grennizza.
    1.
    Upon the hillside grew this fairest flower ;
    This is the floweret of thy beauty, O my love ;
    I look on it, I gaze on't every hour.
    I gaze upon the fairness of thy tresses, O my love.
    Who is the painter who to paint thee has the power?
    Who knows to paint such fairness of my love ?
    Unto no earthly painter is given such power ;
    Painted, canst be alone by God above.
    2.
    Comu 'na rosa dintra lu buttuni
    Durmia la bedda e si 'nsunnava a me ;
    Adaciu, adaciu, cci dugnu un vasuri
    Si arrisbigghia apri l'occhi e mi talia
    Cci sciàura di cannedda lu sciatuni !
    La trizza coddu coddu pinnulia !
    Guardàti si a stu munnu cc' è pirsuni
    Ca ponnu assimigghiari a la me Dia !
    (Dialetto di Acireale.)
    2.
    Like rose within the bud enclosed,
    My fair one slept and dreamt of me ;
    Softly I came, and a deep 1 kiss imposed–
    Waking, she rests her opening eyes on me.
    Her breath as cinnamon is odorous ;
    Her hair descends upon her shoulders, free.
    See, in this world is one you'd have proposed
    To liken to this my divinity ?
    3.
    Una varcuzza banneri banneri
    Sta Dia d' amuri mi vinni a purtari ;
    Ridianu tutti li cilesti speri
    Trimavanu li specchi de lu mari.
    Binidittu lu Diu ca ti manteni,
    Ch' accussi bedda ti vosi furmari !
    Spampinanu li ciuri unn' è ca veni
    L' ariu trubbatu lu fai sirinari.
    (Dialetto di Alcano, Prov. di Trapani.)
    3.
    It was a pleasure-craft with colors flying
    Which brought this love-divinity to me ;
    The heavenly spheres were then with gladness smiling–
    Trembling 2 with joy the surface of the sea !
    Blessed be God ! for me thy life maintaining,
    For forming thee so beautiful to see.
    Th' flow'rs with pleasure blow while thou'rt passing,
    The troubled air is still at glance from thee !
    1 Un vasuri=un baccione.
    2 "Conobbi il tremolar della marina." – Dante.

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    Busk, R. H. The Folk-Songs of Italy. London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., 1887. 66-69

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