by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Laura Prichard

La fioraia fiorentina
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
I più bei fior comprate,
fanciulli, amanti e spose:
son fresche le mie rose,
non spiran che l'amor.
Ahime! Soccorso implora
mia madre, poveretta
e da me sola aspetta
del pan e non dell'or.


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "The Florentine flower girl", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 8
Word count: 34

The Florentine flower girl
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The most beautiful flowers [you can] buy,
children, lovers, and newlyweds:
my roses are fresh,
[they] don’t die like love [does].
Alas! Help, implores
my mother, poor little [thing]
and from me she hopes only
for bread and not for gold.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 41