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  • Quando La Stella (When the Star)
    Tuscany

    E Quando partirò da questa terra,
    Saran contenti i nemici mia.
    O ch'io vada per mar, o sia per terra,
    Per avvisarti manderò una Stella.
    Quando la stella sarà giunt' al prato,
    Prega per me, che sono ammalato.
    Quando la Stella sarà giunt' in via,
    Prega per me, che son in agonia.
    Quando la stella sarà fatta chiara,
    Prega per me, che sono nella bara.
    When I shall die, and dwell on earth no more,
    At which my enemies content will be;
    Where'er death find me, if on sea or shore,
    I'll send a star to tell the news to thee.
    When first by yonder field the star you see,
    Then know that I am sick, and pray for me.
    And when the star has reached the road near by,
    Then pray for me, I am about to die.
    And when the star grows large, and bright as day,
    Then pray for me, for I have passed away.

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    Alexander, Francesca. Roadside Songs of Tuscany: Part IX. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1885. 282-283

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