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  • “Crudele Irene, Tu M'Hai Lasciato„ (“Unkind Irene, Why Have You Left Me?”)
    Abruzzi (Abruzzo)

    1.
    Crudele Irene, tu m'hai lasciato,
    Tu m'hai tradito, abbandonato;
    Ma pure credilo, non me ne importa,
    Un'altra bella ritroverò.
    Cento fanciulle di ogni sorta
    A me promettono novello amore:
    Ma, traditrice, ridammi il core
    Che quel tuo sguardo a me rubò.
    Tu piangi... O come io rido! ah! ah!

    2.
    Irene, credilo, è un sogno matto
    Quel che lasciandomi tu forse hai fatto;
    Pensavi certo ch'io ne morissi,
    Ma di te presto mi scorderò!
    E se tu allora te ne pentissi,
    Io riderei del tuo dolore:
    Ma, traditrice, ridammi il core
    Che quel tuo sguardo a me rubò.
    Tu piangi... O come io rido! ah! ah!

    1.
    Unkind Irene, why have you left me?
    You have betray'd me, you have bereft me!
    But still, believe me, it does not grieve me,
    For I shall soon win another prize.
    A hundred girls or more, highborn or lowly,
    Will promise new love if I depart now:
    But oh! you false one! return the heart now
    That you have stolen from me with your eyes.
    You are weeping! Oh, how I laugh at you! Ha ha!

    2.
    Irene, surely 't was a foolish dream you had
    When you forsook me so, maybe a scheme you had;
    You must have thought that I would lay me down and die,
    But he'll forget you soon, whom you despise!
    I'll only laugh at you if you are sorry,
    And if you ever try on me your art now!
    But oh! you false one! return the heart now
    That you have stolen from me with your eyes.
    You are weeping, etc.

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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. 91

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