Translation © by Laura Prichard

Ella è malata, ella s'è messa in letto
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ella è malata, ella s'è messa in letto
La povera Biondina! E son d'avviso
Che Dio la voglia fare un Angioletto
Del Paradiso.

Oh! Madonnina! Il Ciel n'ha pu già tante
Anime elette!   Lasciami costei!
E se non lice, fammi sull'istante
Morir con lei!

Come colombe al tuo santo appello
Noi volerem chiamati dal desio;
La tomba è forse il talamo più bello
Dato da Dio!

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "She’s fallen ill", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2004-08-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
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Word count: 66

She’s fallen ill
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
She’s fallen ill, she’s taken to her bed
Poor Biondina! And I worry
That God will transform her into a little angel
of paradise.

Oh! Blessed Virgin! Heaven already has so many
Souls of the elect! Leave me hers!
And if this can’t be, let me instantly
Die with her!

Like doves, at your sacred call
We’ll take wing, summonded by desire;
The tomb may be the most beautiful bed
God can give!


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Text added to the website: 2016-10-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-10-04 17:43:35
Line count: 12
Word count: 73