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  • Canzone di Somma (Song From Somma)
    Somma (Naples, Campania)

    Aizaje l'uocchie 'ncielo, viddi na stella;
    A la calata ne vedette doje:
    Vi ca mammeta mo non ce stà
    Scinne, nenna, ca t'aggi' a parlà!
    Scinne, scinne, ca t'aggi' a parlà!

    Mmiezo sta strada nce doje sorelle,
    Co tutte doje vurria fa all'ammore.
    Vi ca mammeta, ecc.

    Me n'avesse lo cielo destinata
    Una pe sposa, l'auta pe cainata!
    Vi ca mammeta, ecc.

    When I was gazing skyward,
    I saw one star above,
    And then, on looking down,
    Two stars I saw, my love!
    Now, my darling, your mother's away,
    So come down, I have something to say.

    There are two sisters living
    Together on the street,
    And I could fall in love,
    Whichever I may meet!
    Now, my darling, etc.

    Had only Heaven will'd it
    That one should be my wife,
    I'd love the other like
    My sister all my life!
    Now, my darling, 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. 154


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