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

Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Biondina bella, se tu fossi mia,
Ti vestirei di bianco tutta quanta,
Sì che paressi la Vergine Maria,
O qualche santa.

Ti condurrei così nella chiesetta,
Là dove m'han portato a battezzare,
E là ti vorrei fatta una nicchietta
Sopra l'altare.

E bramerei che l'organo suonato 
Da qualche Serafin del Paradiso
Mi facesse morire inebriato
Sul tuo bel viso.


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Biondina", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Fair Biondina, if you were mine,
I would dress you all in white,
So you’d look like the Virgin Mary,
Or some saintly woman.

I would take you to the little church,
Where I was brought to be baptized,
And have built for you a little niche
Above the altar.

And I’d have the organ played 
By some seraphim from paradise
So that I might die inebriated
By your beautiful face.

Translator's note on the name Biondina: “Blondie” or blonde girl.


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