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  • La Luisella (Luisella)
    Naples (Campania)

    1.
    Nce sta na giardenera,
    Se chiamma Luisella,
    Da ncopp'a l'Arenella
    Mme vene a ncojet@agrave;.
    Nce tene no giardino
    Chin'i rosa marina...
    Luvisè, sera e matina
    Non me venì a 'pprettà.

    2.
    Pe chillo vecenato
    Non c'è n'auta nennella
    Comm'essa acconcia e bella
    Da farte nnammurà.
    Fa l'uocchie a zennariello
    Si fà la marranchina...
    Luvisè, sera e matina
    Non me venì a 'pprettà.

    3.
    Lo naso è profilato,
    La vocca è n'arciulillo,
    Lo musso è russulillo,
    Na razia è lu parlà.
    Doje schiocche janche e rosse
    Sta 'nchella faccia fina...
    Luvisè, sera e matina
    Non me venì a 'pprettà.

    4.
    Na capuzzella tonna,
    Capille a filo d'ore,
    Che 'nce le 'ntrezza Ammore
    Pe far la ciancià.
    E co chill'uocchie pare
    Na stella matutina...
    Luvisè, sera e matina
    Non me venì a 'pprettà.

    5.
    Luvisè, si me te sposo,
    T'accatto li sciuqquaglie;
    Lazziette a trenta maglie
    Te voglio fa piglià:
    Te piglio no corpetto,
    Purzi na manteglina...
    Luvisè, sera e matina
    Non me venì a 'pprettà.

    1.
    There is a gard'ner's daughter,
    Her name is Luisella,
    From up the Arenella,
    And she's a tease, I know!
    Her garden's full of rosemary,
    No flow'r of sweeter savor:
    Luvisè, why can you never
    Meet me, but you plague me so?

    2.
    Among the neighbors' daughters
    There is not one to match her,
    If I could only catch her,
    I should be glad, I vow!
    And when she feels like flirting,
    She'll wink her eye so clever:
    Luvisè, why can you never
    Meet me, but you plague me so?

    3.
    Her nose is quite bewitching,
    Over a mouth t' entice you,
    Her coral lips rejoice you,
    Whispering sweet and low,
    And on her cheeks red roses
    With white contend for favor:
    Luvisè, why can you never
    Meet me, but you plague me so?

    4.
    Her head is neatly rounded
    Golden her hair, and braided
    By Cupid, who persuaded
    Her to her follies, too!
    No morning star will ever
    Shine brighter than her eyes do:
    Luvisè, why can you never
    Meet me, but you plague me so?

    5.
    I'll give you, if you ever
    Marry me, Luisella,
    Fine earrings, so I tell you!
    Rings, and a necklace too.
    I'll buy you a mantilla,
    And love you, dear, for ever:
    Luvisè, why can you never
    Meet me, but you plague me so?

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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. 120

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