by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Se per fuggir da me cervo ti fai
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Se per fuggir da me cervo ti fai, 
Leone mi farò per arrestarti;
E se uccello in aria volerai,
Io falco mi farò per ripigliarti;
E se pesce nelle acque noterai,
Io rete mi farò per ripescarti;
E se alfin lume ti sarà concesso,
Farfalla mi farò per starti appresso.

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Confirmed with Canti popolari toscani, raccolti e annotati da Giuseppe Tigri, second edition, volume 1, Firenze, Barbèra, Bianchi e Comp., 1860, page 241.


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , "Poursuite" ; composed by Pauline Viardot-García.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2016-07-11
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Word count: 50

Si pour me fuir tu te fais cerf
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Si pour me fuir tu te fais cerf,
Je me ferai lion pour t'arrêter ;
Et si tu volais comme un oiseau dans les airs,
Je me ferais faucon pour te reprendre ;
Et si poisson dans l'eau
Je me ferai filet pour te repêcher ;
Et si enfin la lumière t'étais accordée,
Je me ferais papillon pour rester avec toi.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-07-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 61