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  • La Calavresella (The Calabrian Maiden)

    Sera la viddi, la Calavresella,
    Chiano, chianillo da l'acqua veniva
    Calavresella acconcia e bella,
    Calavresella, Calavresè!

    Ed io le dissi: “Addio, Calavresella!
    Na veppeta de st'acqua name darria!„
    Calavresella, ecc.

    Ed essa mme respunne, garbata e bella:
    “Non sulo l'acqua, la perzona mia!„
    Calavresella, ecc.

    I met her at evening, my Calabrian maiden,
    Slowly, how slowly she came from the water,
    Slender and fair, with water laden,
    Laden with water, slender and fair!

    Said I: “Good evening, O Calabrian maiden!
    I should be glad of a taste of your water!”
    Slender and fair, etc.

    And she responded, that beautiful maiden:
    “Take it, and welcome, and also myself, sir!”
    Slender and fair, etc.

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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. 156


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