Translation © by Mario Giuseppe Genesi

La zingara
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Fra l'erbe cosparse di rorido gelo,
coverta del solo gran manto del cielo,
mia madre esultando la vita me diè.

Fanciulla, sui greppi le capre emulai,
per ville e cittadi, cresciuta, danzai,
le dame lor palme distesero a me.

La ra la.   ah! la zingara.

Io loro predissi le cose note,
ne feci dolenti, ne feci beate,
segreti conobbi di sdegno, d'amor.

La ra la, etc.

Un giorno la mano mi porse un donzello;
mai visto non fummi garzone piu bello:
oh! s'ei nella destra leggessimi il cor!


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  • ENG English (Mario Giuseppe Genesi) , "The gypsy girl", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Streets

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 88

The gypsy girl
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Within grasses and iced hoarfrost,
Covered only with the huge mantle of the sky above,
my mother, exulting, brought me to life.

Still a little girl, I lived with goats and emulated their behavior;
When I grew up, I danced through towns and cities,
And many ladies reached to me their palms [asking me to read their future].

I foretold to them following the prediction,
Sometimes making them sorrowful, other times making them gay,
And I learned many secrets, some of disdain, others of love.

But one day, even a youth reached me his palm:
I never had seen a boy as handsome as he:
Oh! if only he could be the fortune-teller holding mine in his right hand, 
and reading the loving secrets of my heart!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 127