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  • “Fenesta Che Lucivi e Mo Non Luci„ (“Thou Window That Hast Shone”)
    Naples (Campania)

    1.
    Fenesta che lucivi e mò non luci,
    Sign'è ca Nenna mia stace ammalata.
    S'affaccia la sorella e me lo dice:
    Nennella toja è morta e s'è atterrata.
    Chiagneva sempe ca dormeva sola, ah!
    Mò dorme co li muorte accompagnata!

    2.
    Va nella chiesa e scuopre lo tavuto,
    Vide Nennella toja comm'è tornata.
    Da chella vocca che n'asceano sciure,
    Mo n'esceno li vierme, oh che piatate!
    Zi Parrocchiano mio, abbice cura, ah!
    Na lampa sempe tienece allumata!

    1.
    Thou window that hast shone, and shin'st no longer,
    Dost thou my Nenna's illness thus betoken?
    But now the sister meets me, and she tells me,
    My love was dead and buried ere I'd spoken!
    She wept so long because her couch was lonely, ah!
    And now she lies with many a one heartbroken.

    2.
    To church, and ope the tomb that hides my darling,
    That in her shroud I may again behold her!
    Oh! from the lips whence flowers used to issue,
    Now worms are crawling—ah! how charms must moulder!
    Good Father mine, now have a care, I pray you,
    And tend the lamp, that it may never smoulder.

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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. 114

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