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  • La Monacella (The Young Nun)
    Naples (Campania)
    Song from Santa Lucia

    Zi monacella!
    Monaca addeventaje de quinece anne,
    Non sò brutta e sò figliola,
    Pecchè vonno ca sto sola?
    Nce penso e sudo!
    Barbaro mio destin tiranno e crudo!

    Zi monacella!
    Aje ca non pensa a mene cchiù nisciuno!
    E tu, che tanto m'aje jurato,
    Che mai m'avisse abbandonata,
    Aje traditore!
    Tu manco t'allecuorde l'antico amore!

    Oh, I am lonely!
    For I was fifteen only
    When I became a nun.
    I am a girl, and not so homely:
    Am I here because I'm comely?
    Have I offended?
    Wherefore a life begun,
    So sadly ended?

    O, I am weary!
    Life is too dull and dreary
    When one is all alone.
    Thou, who didst vow thy bride to make me,
    That thou wouldst nevermore forsake me—
    Ah me, thou traitor!
    Thou wilt not even own
    Thy love, or regret her!

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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. 109


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