by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Before you can say, "Come" and "Go"
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Before you can say, "Come" and "Go",
And breathe twice, and cry, "So, so,"
Each one, tripping on his toe,
Will be here with mop and [mow]1.
[Do you love me, master? no?]2

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1 Nyman: "arrow"
2 omitted by Nyman.


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Vieni e vai
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Prima che dire possiate, "Vai" e "vieni qui",
E, sospirando due volte, diciate "così" e "così",
ognuno di noi, con passo leggero,
fra smorfie e [boccacce]1 sarà subito qui.
[Mi ami, padrone, è vero?]

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1 for the Nyman version: "frecciate"


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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-03
Line count: 5
Word count: 34