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  • Fatte la Nonna (Lullaby)
    Olevano (Rome, Lazio)

    Fatte la Nonna Lullaby
    Fatte la nonna e possi ben dormire!
    Il letto ti sia fatto di viole,
    Il cuscinetto di seta gentile,
    E le lenzuole di chiarito sole.

    Fatte la nonna e la nonna ti venga,
    Dormite, figlia, e fa contenta mamma,
    È mamma stracca più di gunnolare
    E notte e giorno e tutti quanti l'ore.

    Fatte la nonna, Ninna bene mia,
    La pace e lo riposo ti dai Dio!
    Fatte la nonna, e la nonna ti canta
    Padre, Figluolo, e lo Spirito santo.

    O Gesù Christo, mio consolatore!
    Che consolasti due donne assieme,
    E consolasti Marta e Maddalena,
    Consola questa figlia e chi la leva!

    E consolasti Maddalena e Marta.
    Consola questa figlia e chi la latte:
    Fatte la nonna, che sopra ti fiocca
    Annelli d'oro e perle d'ogni sorte.

    Now bylow, baby, and slumber sweet and soundly,
    Your tiny bed be of violets soft and even,
    Your downy pillow of silk smooth and shiny,
    And all the bedclothes of golden sunbeams woven.

    Now bylow, baby, and slumber soon will find you!
    My darling daughter, now sleep and please your mother,
    For she is weary with long rocking your cradle
    All night and day, and one hour like the other.

    Now bylow, baby, my love, my darling Ninna,
    And may the Father repose and comfort bring you!
    Now fall asleep, and a lullaby together
    The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost shall sing you.

    O Holy Saviour, Who art my consolation,
    Thou Who didst comfort two women sore afflicted,
    Consoler Thou of Martha and Mary,
    Be babe and mother by Thy love protected!

    Thy consolation was giv'n to Mary and Martha,
    In mercy daughter and mother Thou invitest!
    Now bylow, baby, and over you a shower
    Shall fall of golden rings and pearls the brightest!

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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. 78


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