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“Fanciullo Appena, Ti Parlai D'Amore„ (“While Yet a Boy, I Told You How I Lov'd You”)
Fanciullo appena, ti parlai d'amore,
Garzone, t'adorai come il buon Dio:
Tu per trastullo mi donavi il core,
E giocando irridevi all'amor mio.
Domani appiè dell'ara al nuovo affetto
Darai promessa d'illibata fede:
Io coll'antico amor sepolto in petto,
Porrò domani in altra terra il piede.
While yet a boy, I told you how I lov'd you,
A youth, I worshipp'd you like my Creator;
You led me on, as tho' my passion mov'd you,
Till I saw love betray'd, and you the traitor!
Kneeling before the altar, you, to-morrow,
Will give a promise of unstain'd devotion:
I, with a heart forlorn in secret sorrow,
Shall seek another home beyond the ocean.
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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. 97
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