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  • La Capuana (The Girl From Capua)
    Capua (Naples, Campania)

    No juorno jenno a spasso
    Oje, pe lo mare:
    Sto core mme cadette
    Int'a l'arena!

    Addimmannaje a cierte
    Dicen, che l'hanno visto
    Oje mpiett'a tene!

    Io so benuto, pe
    Te lo cercare,
    Io senza core, e tu...
    Duje ne tiene!

    E quann'è chesto, embè,
    Sa, che può fare?
    Lo tujo mme daje e
    Lu mio tiene!

    One day I went a-walking
    Down by the strand there,
    When all at once my heart fell
    Into the sand there.

    I asked the fishermen near me
    Whether they'd seen it;
    Look in her breast, they told me,
    There we have seen it.

    Now I have come to find it,
    Ask it of you, love,
    I am without a heart now,
    And you have two, love.

    But as 't is so, I'll tell you
    What you can do, love,
    If you will give me your heart,
    Keep mine for you, love.

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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. 151


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