from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , as Folk songs
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Il lunedì voi mi parete bella
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Il lunedì voi mi parete bella,
E martedì che mi parete un fiore;
E mercodì che siete un fior novello,
Il giovedì un bel mazzo di viole;
E venerdì che siete la più bella,
Il sabato, che siete un fior fiorito:
E poi vien la domenica mattina,
[Par]1 che siete una rosa in su la spina.
[Si torna al lunedì dell’ altra volta:
Siete una rosa in sulla spina colta.]2

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Confirmed with Canti Poplari Toscani, raccolti e annotati da Giuseppe Tigri, Firenze: Barbèra, Bianchi, e Comp., 1856, page 184.

1 Fairchild: "Pare"
2 omitted by Fairchild


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  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "On Monday", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2019-03-04
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Word count: 70

On Monday
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
On Monday you appear beautiful to me,
And Tuesday you [look like] a flower to me;
And Wednesday you are a fresh flower,
On Thursday a beautiful bunch of violets;
And Friday you are the most lovely,
On Saturday you are a flower in bloom:
And then comes Sunday morning,
It seems you are a rose [with a] thorn.
If one returns to Monday [once more]:
You are a rose [with a] thorn plucked.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-03-04
Line count: 10
Word count: 74