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  • Fiori Pratensi (Meadow Flowers)
    Tuscany

    Fiori Pratensi
    Canti e Preghiere di Fanciulli
    Meadow Flowers
    Songs and Prayers of Children
    I (Siena)

    Pioggerella, non veni'!
    San Giovanni sta a dormi'
    Sulle braccia del Signore.
    Resti l'acqua, e venga il sole!

    II (Siena)

    Piove e c' è il sole.
    La Madonna coglie il fiore;
    La coglie un gelsomino ....
    Egli è nato Gesù Bambino.
    E ne coglie uno di più,
    E lo dà al suo Gesù.

    III Preghiera (Lucchese)

    Vieni, vien, Gesù Bambino,
    A posare il tuo capino
    Sul guanciale del mio letto!
    Vieni vieni, chè t'aspetto!
    Vieni vieni, non tardare!
    Senza te non posso stare.

    IV (Pisano)

    Questo letto ha quattro canti.
    Io ci aspetto quattro santi:
    Due da capo e due da piè.
    La Madonna è qui da me.

    V (Pisano)

    Angiolin1 bellin bellino,
    Con quel capo ricciolino,
    Con quegli occhi pien d'amore,
    Gesù mio, ti dono il cuore.

    VI (Lucchese)

    A letto, a letto me ne andai,
    E quattro angeli scondrai:
    Due da piedi, due da capo,
    Gesù Cristo dal mi' lato;
    Dal mi' lato, che mi disse
    Che posasse e che dormisse,
    Che paura non avesse
    Nè di giorno nè di notte,
    Nè nel punto della morte.

    VII (Lucchese)

    A letto, a letto me ne vo,
    L'anima mia a Dio la do;
    E la do a San Francesco,
    E mi butto giù nel letto.

    VIII (Pisano)

    lo vado a letto
    Con una croce in petto,
    Un angiolino bianco;
    C' è lo Spirito Santo,
    Un' anima maggiore,
    Gesù Cristo salvatore.
    Gesù Cristo è lo mio padre,
    La Madonna è la mia madre,
    San Giuseppe è mio parente.
    Dormo ben sicuramente.

    IX

    (S. Stefano di Calcinaia)
    Vi saluto Maria!
    Salutate Gesù per parte mia!

    X (Valdelsa)

    Gesù mio, d'amore acceso,
    Non v' avessi mai offeso
    Nè con fatti nè con parole!
    Gesù mio, vi dono il cuore.
    Gesù mio, santo e buono,
    lo vi chieggo perdono
    Di tutt' i mie' peccati,
    Presenti e passati.
    Mio buon Gesù,
    Non v' offenderò mai più.

    XI (Siena)

    Entro in chiesa, e vedo Cristo.
    Alzo gli occhi al Crocifisso:
    Alzo gli occhi, al ciel guardai;
    Di Gesù m'innamorai:
    Feci animo per salire;
    Lui mi disse:--Non venire!
    Vieni prima a confessare,
    Se vuoi l'anima salvare.
    Vieni, vieni, o peccatore,
    Giorno e notte, a tutte l'ore!

    WHEN IT RAINS

    Shower of rain keep far away!
    Wee Saint John asleep doth stay
    In the arms of Jesu dear.--
    Rain keep back, and sun come here!

    WHEN THERE IS SUNSHINE AND RAIN

    See, there is sun and a shower.
    The Madonna gathers the flower;
    She gathers a jasmine white ....
    He is born, Babe Jesu, bright.
    And one more she gathers there
    To give to her Jesu fair.

    PRAYER AT BED-TIME

    Come, oh come!--Thy little head
    On the pillow of my bed
    Lay it down, Babe Jesu dear!
    Come, oh come, I wait Thee here.
    Come, oh come, make no delay!
    Without Thee I cannot stay.

    FOUR CORNERS

    Four corners has this bed of mine,
    I wait four saints that here will shine:
    Two at the foot, and two at the head.
    The Madonna is here beside my bed.

    THOSE EYES FULL OF LOVE

    Little angel by my bed,
    With that little curly head,
    Eyes that full of love do shine,
    Here's my heart, O Jesu mine!

    A CHRISTIAN CHILD

    'Way I went to bed to get,
    There with angels four I met:
    Two by feet and head to bide,--
    Jesus Christ was by my side;
    By my side, and told me clear:
    Lay thee down and sleep, my dear.
    Do not thou have any fear
    Nor by day nor night, said He,
    Nor when dying thou shalt be.

    "NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP"

    To bed, to bed away I go,
    My soul I unto God bestow;
    And unto my Saint Francis dear,
    And down in bed I cast me here.

    WASHED AND READY

    Now I go to bed to rest,
    With a cross upon my breast,
    A little angel white and fair;
    The Holy Spirit He is there,
    There a soul of heaven I find,
    Jesus Christ, the Saviour kind.
    Jesus Christ, my Father, He,--
    Mary, Mother is to me,
    Kinsman is Saint Joseph good.
    Sure in safety sleep I should.

    IN PASSING BEFORE AN IMAGE OF THE MADONNA

    I hail thee, Mary sweet!
    From my part Jesu greet.

    A CHILD'S PRAYER OF PENITENCE

    Jesu mine, of love aflame,
    Would I had not earned Thy blame--
    Nor in deed, nor yet in word!
    Thee my heart I give, O Lord.
    Jesu mine, so holy, good,
    Thee for pardon pray I would
    For my sins both first and last
    In the present and the past.
    Jesu mine, whom I adore,
    I will ne'er offend Thee more.

    COME UNTO ME

    The Church I entered, and on Christ I gazed.
    Unto the Crucified mine eyes I raised.
    I raised mine eyes, and looked to heaven above;
    For Jesu then my heart was filled with love.
    Courage I took to climb the altar stair;
    He said to me : Of coming thus beware!
    Come first to make confession of thy sin
    If thou would'st for thy soul salvation win.
    Come, come, O sinner, take to me thy way;
    Come, come, at all the hours, both night and day.

    1 A childish misnomer of the Christ-Child in a picture.

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    Warrack, Grace. Florilegio di canti Toscani: Folk songs of the Tuscan hills. London: Alexander Moring Ltd., 1914. 214-219

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