by Giuseppe Zaffira (flourished 1868-1886)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Da qualche tempo in faccia a casa mia
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Da qualche tempo in faccia a casa mia,
Fa dimoranza una biondina bella.
E' senza damo, e credo che la sia

Seduta alla finestra tutto il giorno
Lavora d'ago, e canta sì graziosa,
che ne son preso, e che le vo d'attorno
senza mai posa.

E come suole Amor che dà dell'estro,
M'ha suggerita questa letterina;
E gliela porsi quando n'ebbi il destro
L'altra mattina.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Prologue: For some time", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 66

Prologue: For some time
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
For some time now, across from my house,
Has lived a pretty blonde girl.
She’s without a lover, and I believe that she's
A little orphan girl.

Seated at her window the whole day
She works her needle, and sings with such grace,
The I’m completely preoccupied and follow her around
without ever resting.

And as in the way of Love who gives inspiration,
He has suggested this little letter;
And handed it to her when I had the chance
The other morning.

Translator's note for line 3-2: "he", i.e., Love"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-08
Line count: 12
Word count: 83