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  • Santa Zita: The Miracle at the Well
    Tuscany

    Accostandosi a Zita un pellegrino
    Che per il caldo lui gran sete aveva.
    Ognun di loro al pozzo era vicino,
    E Zita che dell' acqua ne traeva,
    Chiedendole da ber quel poverino,
    Ed umilmente Zita rispondeva,
    Aspetta, fratel mio, la vo a cavare
    Perchè del vino non ti posso dare.

    Volgendo Zita l'orazione a Dio
    Fè sopra l'acqua il segno della Croce;
    Che fosse vino avrei molto desio,
    Disse, bevete, a lui con bassa voce.
    Orando Zita disse—Signer mio,
    Fate quest'acqua al povero non nuoce!
    Cosi cominciò a ber quel pellegrino:
    Gustando disse, È prezioso vino.

    A pilgrim poor to Zita came one day,
    All faint and thirsty with the summer heat,
    And for a little water did her pray—
    'Twas close beside the well they chanced to meet—
    She feared to give it, yet what could she say?
    She answered humbly, and with words discreet:
    "I wish, my brother, I could give thee wine,
    But if the water please thee, that is thine."

    This said, she drew some water from the well,
    And with a cross the pitcher did she sign,
    "Oh, Lord," she said, while low her sweet voice fell,
    "Let not this water hurt him, he is Thine."
    The pilgrim, as he stooped to drink, could tell
    Her thought before she spoke, I wish 'twere wine.
    He tasted, then astonished raised his head,
    "But truly, this is precious wine," he said.

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    Alexander, Francesca. Roadside Songs of Tuscany. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1884. 16

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