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  • Ritornello delle Lavandare del Vomero (Refrain of the Washerwomen of Vomero)
    Naples (Campania)

    Tu m'aje prommise quatto muccatora:
    Oje muccatora! oje muccatora!
    Io sò benuto se...
    Io sò benuto se mme le vuò dare,
    Mme le vuò dare, mme le vuò dare!

    E se no quatto, embè dammene doje,
    Chillo ch'è 'ncuollo a te n'è robba toja.

    You promised me four kerchiefs, yes, four kerchiefs,
    O yes, four kerchiefs! O yes, four kerchiefs,
    And I have come to see—
    And I have come to see if they are ready,
    If they are ready, if they are ready!

    And if there are not four, why, give me two, then:
    The one is not your own that you are wearing.

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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. 141


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