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  • Sonno (Sleep)
    Sicily

    Sonno Sleep
    E com' hê fari ca la notti 'un dormu?
    Nun sacciu cgi rimediu circari ;
    Pigghiu la paparina pri lu sonnu,
    E cerccu si mi pozzu addurmintari.
    Mentri chi dormu tu mi veni 'n sonnu ;
    Tutta scantatu mi fa 'rrisbigghiari.
    Mi bastanu li peni di lu jornu ;
    'Mmenu la notti fammi arripusari !
    And what am I to do then that at night I find no sleeping?
    I know not of what remedy to ask it.
    Of poppy-juice my slumber I am seeking,
    But all in vain it is that I thus task it.
    For while I sleep I see thee in my dreamiing,
    And naught I find when startled from my pillow.
    Thou mak'st me suffer 'nough by day, I'm deeming ;
    At least by night let me forget my sorrow !

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    Busk, R. H. The Folk-Songs of Italy. London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., 1887. 66-67

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