by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

How should I your true love know
Language: English  after the English 
Available translation(s): ITA
How should I your true love know
From another one?
By his cockle hat and staff,
And his sandal shoon.

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Note: this is often referred to as the Walsingham Ballad, and is quoted in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5. Ophelia is singing.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poem An old song ended refers to this song.


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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Come potrò riconoscere il vero amore
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Come potrò riconoscere il vero amore
Da un altro?
Dal cappello a conchiglia, dal bastone
E dai sandali.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-13
Line count: 4
Word count: 18