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  • La Treccia Bionda (The Flaxen Tress)

    Bella ragazza della treccia bionda,
    Per nome vi chiamate Veneranda:
    Li giovani per voi fanno la ronda.
    Papà non vuole,
    Mammà nemmeno:
    Come faremo
    Per far l'amor?

    Venir se voi volete nel giardino,
    Voi troverete, o bella, un tulipano
    Che fatto par pel vostro canestrino.
    Papà non vuole, ecc.

    E se mi date un sguardo rubacore,
    Io, bella, proprio a voi lo voglio dare
    Quel fior che tengo e che m'ha dato amore.
    Papà non vuole, ecc.

    Poi vi dirò che rosa in primavera
    Non è tanto voi siete tanto cara,
    E voi ci avrete gusto...e buona sera.
    Papà non vuole,
    Mammà nemmeno:
    Così faremo
    Per far l'amor.

    Oh lovely maiden mine with flaxen tresses,
    The name they call you by is Veneranda,
    The lads all want to pay you their addresses:
    Papa won't hear it,
    Mamma can't bear it:
    Tell me, how can we ever make love?

    Come down into the garden when I shall ask it,
    And there you'll find a tulip, oh, my beauty!
    That looks as if it grew for your wee basket:
    Papa, etc.

    And if you send me one of your dear glances,
    Ah, then, my only darling, I will give you
    A flow'r that Love gave me, and love enhances:
    Papa, etc.

    And I will say to you, In spring's delight, love,
    There's not a rose compares with you in sweetness!
    And that will please your heart—and so good night,
    Papa won't hear it,
    Mamma can't bear it:
    That is the way that we shall make love!

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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. 68


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