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In winter I get up at night

Language: English

In winter I get up at night,
And dress by yellow candle light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , title 1: "Letto in estate", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 12
Word count: 87

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Letto in estate

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

D'inverno mi sveglio che è notte
e mi vesto alla luce gialla della candela.
D'estate, proprio al contrario,
devo andare a letto di giorno.
Devo andare a letto e vedere
gli uccellini che zompettano ancora sull'albero
o ascoltare le scarpe dei grandi
che vanno ancora su e giù per la strada.
E a te non sembra una cosa crudele,
quando il cielo è ancora azzurro
e io vorrei tanto giocare
dover andare a letto di giorno?

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Bed in summer", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Mark Andrews, Norah Blaney, Harry Brook, Thomas Crawford, Ethel Crowningshield, Edward Falk, Adolph Martin Foerster, Antonio Giacometti, John Ireland, Albert Mallinson, David Moule-Evans, Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, Horatio William Parker, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Marvin Radnor, Alec Rowley, Geoffrey Turton Shaw, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Joseph Wardale, Philip George Wilkinson, Luigi Zaninelli. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-04-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:38
Line count: 12
Word count: 76