Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Povera nacqui ignobil villanella
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Povera nacqui ignobil villanella.  
E viver come nacqui ancor mi piace.
Contenta della misera mia stella,
altro non bramo più, ti puoi dar pace.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I was born a poor country girl", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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I was born a poor country girl
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I was born a poor country girl,
and in the manner of my birth
I should like to live.

I am content with my lowly fortune,
and you may rest assured 
that I desire nothing more.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-25
Line count: 6
Word count: 36