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  • Colomba del Sasso (Dove in the Cleft of the Rock)
    Tuscany

    Colomba del Sasso
    Ninne Nanne
    Dove in the Cleft of the Rock
    Lullabies
    I

    Fai la nanna dolce lume,
    Fai la ninna ninna nanna-na',
    Le mie braccia per te son piume,
    Fai la ninna ninna nanna-na'.
    Fai la nanna, mio conforto,
    Fai la ninna ninna nanna-na',
    Nel mio seno anch'io t'ho porto,
    Fai la ninna nanna nanna-na'.

    II

    Fate la nanna, e fatela con Dio!
    Fatela voi, che la faro ancor io;
    Fate la ninna, e fatela, la nanna!
    La bimba è bella, e l'è della su' mamma!
    Della su' mamma, e del su' babbo ancora;
    Questa bambina è nata in buon' ora:
    Nata in buon' ora, ed in buon' ora sia,
    L'ora che tu nascesti, anima mia!

    III

    Fate la nanna, coscine di pollo,
    La vostra mamma v' ha fatto 'l gonnello
    E vi ci ha messo i fiorellini attorno:
    Fate la nanna, coscine di polio.
    Fate la nanna e possiate dormire,
    Il letto vi sia fatto di viole,
    E le coperte di quel panno fine,
    La coltrice di penne di pavone.

    MOTHER'S WINGS

    Hush-a-bye, sweet light, I safely hold thee,
    Hush-a-bye, oh hush-a-hush-a-bye!
    My two arms around are wings that fold thee,
    Hush-a-bye, and hush, oh hush-a-bye!
    Hush-a-bye, my babe, my comfort, rest,--
    Hush-a-bye, and hush, oh hush-a-bye!
    Here I've brought thee carried in my breast;
    Hush-a-bye, and hush, oh hush-a-bye !

    SLEEP, BABE AND MOTHER!

    Lullaby, babe, and with God be thy rest,
    I also will sleep, with thee on my breast.
    Then lullaby one, and lullaby other:
    The baby is fair,--she belongs to her Mother;
    Of Mother and Daddy too she is the dower:
    This little maid was born in good hour.
    Good was the hour, and blest may it be,
    The hour of thy birth, sweet soul of me.

    CRADLE-SONG

    Oh, lullaby, oh! little downy chick sweet,
    Thy Mother for thee has a pretty frock sewn:
    Little flowers she has made round about it that meet:
    Oh, lullaby, oh! little chick of my own.
    Oh, lullaby, oh! sweet slumber be thine,
    Thy bed be of clove-pinks gathered together;
    The blankets must be of that cloth so fine,
    And for quilt we'll have many a peacock's feather.

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    Warrack, Grace. Florilegio di canti Toscani: Folk songs of the Tuscan hills. London: Alexander Moring Ltd., 1914. 212-213

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