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  • Ascolta, Rondinina (Hear Me, Swallow Dear)
    Tuscany

    Oh Rondinina, che voli per mare
    Voltati addietro, e ascolta due parole.
    Dammi una penna delle tue bell' ale;
    Vo' scriver una lettera al mio amore:
    E quando l'avrò scritta e fatta bella,
    Ti renderò la penna, Rondinella.
    E quando l'avrò scritta e sigillata,
    Oh, Rondinina, ne resto obligata.
    E quando l'avrò scritta e fatta d'oro.
    Ti renderò la penna, e il tuo bel volo.
    Oh Swallow, flying close along the sea,
    Turn back, turn back, and to my words attend.
    From thy bright wing one feather give to me,
    For I would write a letter to my friend.
    And when I've written all, and made it clear,
    I'll give thee back thy feather, swallow dear.
    And when 'tis written, and the seal is set,
    I never more thy kindness will forget;
    And when 'tis written all in gold, then I
    Will give thy feather back, and see thee fly.

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    Alexander, Francesca. Roadside Songs of Tuscany: Part IX. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1885. 299

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