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SULLA BELL' ALTURA (THE PALACE ON HIGH)
In alto, in alto, vo' farmi un palazzo,
In alto, in alto, sulla bell' altura!
Intorno, intorno, vo' stendere un laccio
A tradimento, per tradir la luna.
A tradimento per tradir le stelle,
Perchè restai tradito dalle belle.
A tradimento, per tradir il sole,
Perchè restai tradito nell' amore.
On high, on high, my palace I will rear,
On the high mountain let me build it soon!
With snares about it, stretching far and near,
With cords of treachery, to entice the moon.
With cords to catch the stars, and make them fall,
Since fairest things to me were traitors all.
With cords deceitful, to entrap the sun,
Since love with treachery has my life undone.
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Alexander, Francesca. Roadside Songs of Tuscany: Part IX. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1885. 282-283
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