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  • “Coraggio, Ben Mio„ (“My Darling, Be Brave”)

    Sei bella negli occhi,
    Sei bella nel core,
    Sei tutt'un amore,
    Sei nata per me.
    Ah! no, no, non pianger,
    Coraggio, ben mio,
    Quest'ultimo addio
    Ricevi da me.

    Ti vedo sì veglio,
    Sì dormo ti vedo,
    E viver non credo
    Diviso da te.
    Ah! no, no, ecc.

    Sei bella nel viso,
    Nel pianto sei bella,
    E barbara stella
    Mi parte da te.
    Ah! no, no, ecc.

    Ma s'io da te parto,
    Qui resto coll'alma,
    Tu gioia, tu calma
    Sei solo per me.
    Ah! no, no, ecc.

    Sei bella, e vagando
    Su rive straniere
    Sarò col pensiere
    Io sempre con te.
    Ah! no, no, ecc.

    Tu pensa che fede
    Ti do in questo giorno,
    Che s'io non ritorno,
    Son morto per te.
    Ah! no, no, ecc.

    Thine eyes are so lovely,
    So tender thy heart, love,
    All passion thou art, love,
    For me thou wert born.
    Ah, no, no, my darling,
    Be brave, do not cry now,
    Tho' I say good-bye now,
    Be not so forlorn.

    Awake I shall see thee,
    And when I am dreaming,
    Alive hardly seeming
    Until I return.
    Ah, no, no, etc.

    In tears thou art lovely,
    Or smiling thy favor;
    How cruel that ever
    Asunder we're torn!
    Ah, no, no, etc.

    But tho' I must leave thee,
    My heart stays with thy heart,
    Thou only my joy art,
    Of peace thou my bourne.
    Ah, no, no, etc.

    Oh love, on thy beauty
    When far I shall ponder,
    Wherever I wander,
    Wherever I turn.
    Ah, no, no, etc.

    To-day but remember
    The promise I make thee:
    That ne'er to forsake thee
    Till death, I have sworn.
    Ah, no, no, 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. 75


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