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Ballata della Cecilia (Cecilia Ballad)

Language: Italian (Italiano)

O Cecilia, bella Cecilia 
Ca pianziva  a'l sò marì:
In parzòn i  gh'l'han purtè
E  i'l vurian fàgha' l murì.
Va Cecilia nelle carcere
A trovare 'l poer marì:
"Caro sposo e marito
Una cosa, una cosa ti vò dir"
V' è un giovin capitano
C' al vuriss durmì cun mì. --
-- Dòrmag  pur, Cecilia bella,
Ma  ca' al fagga grassia a mì! --
Quando vien la mezzanotte
La Cecilia trà un sospir
Fort ag vegna ìun màal ad coeur
La' s cardiva di morir.
A stanott am sum sugnè
Ch'im tachèva sù 'l marì --
-- Dormi ca  ad' man  mateina
Vadrì ancùr al vos marì.
L'è pur vegn ìa la matèina
La Cecilia s'è vestì
Guèrda fora  'd la finestra:
Tachè  sù gh'era al  marì!
Maladett  al Capitano
Ch' al m'ha tradì cusì!
Te 't mè  tolt anca l'onore
E la vita a mio marì 
O Cecilia ,bella Cecilia
La cridava notte e dì
E l'è morta dal dolore
La seguì 'l so bràv marì.

Submitted by Mario Giuseppe Genesi


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: 2012-03-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-30 22:04:14

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