by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Translation © by Paolo Montanari

In winter I get up at night
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
In winter I get up at night,
And dress by yellow candle light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , title 1: "Letto in estate", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 87

Letto in estate
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
D'inverno mi sveglio che è notte
e mi vesto alla luce gialla della candela.
D'estate, proprio al contrario,
devo andare a letto di giorno.
Devo andare a letto e vedere
gli uccellini che zompettano ancora sull'albero
o ascoltare le scarpe dei grandi
che vanno ancora su e giù per la strada.
E a te non sembra una cosa crudele,
quando il cielo è ancora azzurro
e io vorrei tanto giocare
dover andare a letto di giorno?


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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-05
Line count: 12
Word count: 76