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The lamplighter

Language: English

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do,
O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light,
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him tonight.

Translation(s): ITA

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

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , title 1: "Il lampionaio", 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
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Il lampionaio

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Il tè è quasi pronto e il sole è tramontato,
è ora di andare alla finestra per veder passare Leerie,
perché ogni sera prima che tu ti sieda per il tè,
con la scala e la lanterna viene ad accendere la strada.
Tom vuol fare il pilota e Maria andare per mare
e il mio papà è un banchiere e ricco che più non si può,
ma io, quando sarò più grande e potrò scegliere che cosa fare,
Leerie, andrò in giro di notte ad accendere i lampioni con te
Noi siamo molto fortunati, con un lampione davanti la porta
e Leerie si ferma ad accenderlo come fa con tanti altri,
e, oh!, prima di scappare via con la scala e la lanterna
Leerie, nota un bambino e fagli l'occhietto stasera!

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "The lamplighter", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ethel Crowningshield, Henry John Edwards, Sven Lekberg, Daniel Gregory Mason, Roger Quilter, Alec Rowley, Thomas Griffen Shepard, Eleanor Smith, Ronald Stevenson, John Brown Russell Whitfield, Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-04-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:38
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Word count: 131