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  • Canto de' Contadini Etnei (Song of the Peasants From Etna)
    Catania (Sicily)

    Cummari Nina,
    Cummari Vicenza,
    Mintitivi a lenza
    Ca nasci 'u 'nguà 'nguà.

    Havi sett'anni
    Ca su' maritata,
    Nun passa st'annata
    Mi chiamu mamà.

    S'è masculiddu
    Lu mannu a la scòla,
    S'è fimminedda
    Quazetta mi fà.

    Cummari Nina,
    Cummari Vicenza,
    Mintitivi a lenza
    Ca nasci 'u 'nguà 'nguà.

    Hey! kimmer Nina!
    Hey! kimmer Vicenza!
    Not many months hence a
    Wee "guah-guah" you'll see!

    I have been married
    Sev'n years altogether,
    Before 't is another
    A mother I'll be!

    If it's a daughter
    I'll set her to knitting
    If a boy, then, as fitting,
    To school off goes he!

    Hey! kimmer Nina!
    Hey! kimmer Vicenza!
    Not many months hence a
    Wee "guah-guah" you'll see!

    Canto du' Contadini Etnei. Song of the Peasants from the neighborhood of Mount Etna.—The "nguà, nguà" is the sound by which they imitate the cry of an infant, in their dialect.

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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. 188


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