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  • A Ischia non Nce so Tanta Ventaglie (In Ischia There are Not so Many Fans)
    Ischia (Naples, Campania)

    A Ischia non nce so tanta ventaglie,
    Nè fravole a Marano...
    Nfrunchete, nfrunchete, nfrunchete, nfrà...
    Nè fravole a Marano e ceraselle;

    Non passano pe Crape tanta quaglie,
    Nè veneno da Massa...
    Nfrunchete, ecc.
    Nè veneno da Massa oje recotelle;

    A mare non ce so tanta fragaglie,
    De quante ne frezzie...
    Nfrunchete, ecc.
    De quante ne frezzie co st'uocchie belle.

    In Ischia there are not so many fans, love,
    Or strawb'ries in Marano,
    Nfrunchete, nfrunchete, nfrunchete, nfrà
    Or strawb'ries in Marano, or so many cherries;

    And not so many quail fly over Capri,
    Nor can you find in Massa,
    Nfrunchete, etc.,
    Nor can you find in Massa, so many cheeses

    Nor are there in the sea so many minnows
    As in your eyes are arrows,
    Nfrunchete, etc.,
    As in your eyes are arrows, love, for your lovers!

    Nfrunchete, nfrunchete, is the usual refrain, that cannot be translated, and which in this instance imitates the sound of string instruments.

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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. 149


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