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  • Colomba del Sasso (Dove in the Cleft of the Rock)

    Colomba del Sasso
    Ninne Nanne
    Dove in the Cleft of the Rock

    Fai la nanna dolce lume,
    Fai la ninna ninna nanna-na',
    Le mie braccia per te son piume,
    Fai la ninna ninna nanna-na'.
    Fai la nanna, mio conforto,
    Fai la ninna ninna nanna-na',
    Nel mio seno anch'io t'ho porto,
    Fai la ninna nanna nanna-na'.


    Fate la nanna, e fatela con Dio!
    Fatela voi, che la faro ancor io;
    Fate la ninna, e fatela, la nanna!
    La bimba è bella, e l'è della su' mamma!
    Della su' mamma, e del su' babbo ancora;
    Questa bambina è nata in buon' ora:
    Nata in buon' ora, ed in buon' ora sia,
    L'ora che tu nascesti, anima mia!


    Fate la nanna, coscine di pollo,
    La vostra mamma v' ha fatto 'l gonnello
    E vi ci ha messo i fiorellini attorno:
    Fate la nanna, coscine di polio.
    Fate la nanna e possiate dormire,
    Il letto vi sia fatto di viole,
    E le coperte di quel panno fine,
    La coltrice di penne di pavone.


    Hush-a-bye, sweet light, I safely hold thee,
    Hush-a-bye, oh hush-a-hush-a-bye!
    My two arms around are wings that fold thee,
    Hush-a-bye, and hush, oh hush-a-bye!
    Hush-a-bye, my babe, my comfort, rest,--
    Hush-a-bye, and hush, oh hush-a-bye!
    Here I've brought thee carried in my breast;
    Hush-a-bye, and hush, oh hush-a-bye !


    Lullaby, babe, and with God be thy rest,
    I also will sleep, with thee on my breast.
    Then lullaby one, and lullaby other:
    The baby is fair,--she belongs to her Mother;
    Of Mother and Daddy too she is the dower:
    This little maid was born in good hour.
    Good was the hour, and blest may it be,
    The hour of thy birth, sweet soul of me.


    Oh, lullaby, oh! little downy chick sweet,
    Thy Mother for thee has a pretty frock sewn:
    Little flowers she has made round about it that meet:
    Oh, lullaby, oh! little chick of my own.
    Oh, lullaby, oh! sweet slumber be thine,
    Thy bed be of clove-pinks gathered together;
    The blankets must be of that cloth so fine,
    And for quilt we'll have many a peacock's feather.

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    Warrack, Grace. Florilegio di canti Toscani: Folk songs of the Tuscan hills. London: Alexander Moring Ltd., 1914. 212-213


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