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  • “Giulia Gentil„ (Fair Julia)
    Florence (Tuscany)

    Giulia gentil dal bel color,
    Ah tu non sai che sia l'amor,
    Ma forse un dì ti batta il cuor,
    Allor saprai che sia l'amor.
    Ah schiudi ai palpiti d'amor,
    Giulia gentile, il tuo bel cor,
    E non volere, o bel tesor,
    Vedermi morto dal dolor.
    Ti risovvien di chi t'amò,
    Giulia gentil dal bel color.
    Giovanottin dal bel color,
    Non vo' saper che sia l'amor
    Ne mai quel dì verrà che il cuor
    Io schiuda ai palpiti d'amor.
    Giovanottin, credilo a me,
    Non piangerò giammai per te,
    Nè dì verrà, in cui d'amor
    Palpiterà per te il mio cuor.
    Tra la la la, tra la la la,
    Tra la la la, tra la la la!

    Soave palpito del cor,
    Immensa gioja egli è l'amor,
    Della fortuna è nel rigor,
    Conforto e speme nel dolor.
    Ah, schiudi, ecc.

    Allegra troppo io son così,
    Felice passo e notte e dì,
    Per me il destin non ha rigor,
    Pianto non ha, non ho dolor.
    Giovanottin, ecc.

    Dunque sorridimi, o gentil,
    Come sorride un fior d'aprii;
    Unisci o cara, al mio il tuo amor,
    Saran felici i nostri cor.
    Ah, schiudi, ecc.

    Forse nascosta in fondo al cuor
    Sta già la fiamma dell'amor,
    Ma se quel dì per me verrà,
    Per te il mio cor non batterà!
    Giovanottin, ecc.
    Oh Julia fair, with brow of snow,
    What love is like thou dost not know;
    Perchance some day love's voice thou 'lt hear,
    Then wilt thou know his pains so dear.
    Unclose thy heart to love's warm glow,
    Nor thus condemn my life to woe,
    But some sweet pity feel for me,
    Nor see me die for love of thee.
    Then think of him who loves thee so,
    Ah, Julia fair, with brow of snow!
    Ah, gentle youth, with tawny cheek,
    In vain to me of love you speak,
    Ne'er will you see the day when I
    For any youth with love shall sigh.
    Ah, gentle youth, believe thou me,
    I ne'er shall weep for love of thee;
    Nor ever deem this heart of mine
    Will e'er respond to love of thine.
    Tra la la la, tra la la la,
    Tra la la la, tra la la la.

    There is no joy like love on earth,
    For love in Heaven first had birth;
    Amid all fortune, care, and grief,
    Love brings us comfort and relief.
    Unclose thy heart, etc.

    Too blest am I, my heart so light,
    I'm joyous still from morn till night;
    Fate has for me nor gloom nor dread,
    And all my tears are yet unshed.
    Ah, gentle youth, etc.

    Then smile on me as smiles the flow'r
    That greets us from its April bow'r;
    Then love unite thy fate with mine,
    Our happiness shall be divine.
    Unclose thy heart, etc.

    Perchance conceal'd within my heart,
    Of love may lurk the flaming dart;
    But when that day arrives for me,
    This heart will never beat for thee.
    Ah, gentle youth, 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. 56


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