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  • Canto del Carcerato (Song of the Prisoner)
    Palermo (Sicily)

    Amici, amici, chi'n Palermu jiti,
    Mi salutati dda bedda citati,
    Mi salutati li frati e l'amici,
    Puru dda vicchiaredda di mè matri.

    Spjàtini di mia chi si ni dici,
    Si li me' cosi sunnu cüitati;
    Giacchì, si voli Diu, comu si dici,
    Di novu ci haju a ghiri a libirtati.

    Ah, friends and comrades all, who forth are faring,
    My love to fair Palermo ye are bearing;
    A greeting give to all my friends, my brother,
    A tender greeting, too, for my old mother.

    See what in town they all of me are saying,
    And see if my affair is growing quiet;
    For then, if God so will as I am praying,
    My longing eye in freedom soon shall spy it.

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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. 172


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