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Ho un gran peso sulla testa

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ho un gran peso sulla testa,    
in quest'abito m'imbroglio;
se vi par la scusa onesta,
kaimakan esser non voglio,
e ringrazio il mio signore
dell'onore che mi fa.
(Egli sbuffa... Ohimè! che occhiate!)
Compatitemi... ascoltate...
(Spiritar costui mi fa.
Qua bisogna far un conto:
se ricuso... il palo è pronto.
E se accetto?... è mio dovere
di portargli il candeliere.
Ah Taddeo, che bivio è questo!
Ma quel palo?... che ho da far?)
Kaimakan, signore, io resto,
non vi voglio disgustar.
Viva il grande kaimakan,
protettor dei mussulman.
Quanti inchini! quanti onori!
Mille grazie, miei signori,
non vi state a incomodar.
Per far tutto quel che io posso,
signor mio, col basto indosso,
alla degna mia nipote
or mi vado a presentar.
(Ah Taddeo! quant'era meglio
che tu andassi in fondo al mar.)

Submitted by Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2018-06-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-15 19:36:51

Line count: 30
Word count: 135

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