by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Was machst du mir
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ITA
MEPHISTOPHELES (Singt zur Zither)
 Was machst du mir
 Vor Liebchens Tür,
 Kathrinchen, hier
 Bei frühem Tagesblicke?
 Lass, lass es sein!
 Er lässt dich ein
 Als Mädchen ein,
 Als Mädchen nicht zurücke. 

 Nehmt euch in Acht
 Ist es vollbracht,
 Dann gute Nacht,
 Ihr armen, armen Dinger!
 Habt ihr euch lieb,
 Tut keinem Dieb
 Nur nichts zu lieb,
 Als mit dem Ring am Finger.

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Ma cosa fai
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ma cosa fai qua attorno
all'uscio dell'amato
piccola Caterina , 
allo spuntar del giorno?

Lascia perdere, ascolta!
Se lui ti farà entrare,
fanciulla ancora entrerai,
non più fanciulla uscirai.

Mettetevelo bene a mente!
Quando tutto è finito,
allora: buonanotte!
Mie povere figliole, tutto è perduto.

Abbiate di voi rispetto,
ad un ladro d'amore
niente sia regalato,
senza l'anello al dito.


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Line count: 16
Word count: 60