by Folgore da San Geminiano (flourished 1309-1317)
Translation by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882)

Dicembre
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
E di dicembre una città in piano:
sale terrene, grandissimi fuochi,
tappeti tesi, tavolier e giuochi,
torticci accesi, star coi dadi in mano,
e l'oste inebriato e catellano,
e porci morti e finissimi cuochi,
ghiotti morselli, ciascun bea e manrdóchi:
le botti sian maggior, che San Galgàno.
E siate ben vestiti e foderati
di guarnacch'e tabarri e di mantelli
e di cappucci fini e smisurati;
e beffe far de' tristi cattivelli
de' miseri dolenti sciagurati
avari: non vogliate usar con elli.

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December
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Last, for December, houses on the plain,
Ground floors to live in, logs heap'd mountain high,
  [And]1 carpets stretched and newest games to try,
[And]1 torches lit, and gifts from man to man,
(Your host, a drunkard and a Catalan;)
  And whole dead pigs, and cunning cooks to ply
  Each throat with tit-bits that [shall]1 satisfy;
And wine-butts of St. Galganu's brave span.
And be your coats well-lined and tightly bound,
  And wrap yourselves in cloaks of strength and weight,
  With gallant hoods to put your faces through.
And make your game of abject vagabond, 
  Abandoned miserable reprobate
    Misers; don't let them have a chance with you.

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  • by Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954), "December", 1912-3, published 1963 [men's chorus in unison, eleven woodwinds], note: arranged for voice and piano c1920 and included in the collection 114 Songs, published 1921 [
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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-07
Line count: 14
Word count: 107