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  • “Amuri, Amuri!„ (“O Love! O Love!”)
    Palermo (Sicily)

    Amuri, Amuri! chi m'ha' fattu fari!
    Li senzii mi l'ha' misu'n fantasia,
    Lu patrinostru m'ha' fattu scurdari,
    E la mitati di la 'vimmaria;

    Lu creddu nun lu sacciu 'ncuminciari,
    Vaju a la missa e mi scordu la via;
    Di novu mi voggh'iri a vattiari,
    Cà turcu addivintai pr'amari a tia.

    O Love! O Love! How have you led me astray, now!
    My senses all are taking leave of me, ah!
    A Paternoster I can never say now,
    And I've forgotten half th' Ave Maria!

    I can't remember how the Credo c'mences,
    And when I go to mass, I miss the way, too;
    I must be rebaptized for my offences:
    And all for love of you I've gone astray, too!

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    Marzo, Eduardo. Songs of Italy; sixty-five Tuscan, Florentine, Lombardian and other Italian folk- and popular songs. New York: G. Schirmer, 1904. 182


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