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

E le campane hanno suonato a festa
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
E le campane hanno suonato a festa,
E rimbombato ha l'aria da' mortai;
Ah! Che una cerimonia come questa
Non s'è veduta mai.

Biondina ed io a tutti per le vie
Gettavamo confetti a canestrate;
Abbiam ballato e fatte assai follie
Come v'immaginate,

Poi che fu giunta di quel dì la fine,
Ah! Con quali note ve lo posso dire?
Ebbro di gioia, fra le sue manine
Io mi credea morire!

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Church bells announced the wedding", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2004-08-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 71

Church bells announced the wedding
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Church bells announced the wedding,
And fireworks resounded;
Ah! Such a ceremony as this
Was never seen before.

Biondina and I, to everybody in the streets,
Threw Jordan almonds from baskets.
We danced and enjoyed love’s madness
As you might imagine.

Then the day drew to a close,
Ah! How can I possilbly capture it?
Drunk with joy, in her arms
I believed I would die!


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This text was added to the website: 2016-10-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 66