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Lo spazzacamino (1845)


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Seste Romanze II


Lo spazzacamino

Lo spazzacamin! Son d'aspetto brutto e nero,
Tingo ognun che mi vien presso;
Sono d'abiti mal messo,
Sempre scalzo intorno io vo.
Ah! di me chi sia più lieto
Sulla terra dir non so.
Spazzacamin! Signori, signore, lo spazzacamin
Vi salva dal fuoco per pochi quattrin.
Ah! Signori, signore, lo spazzacamin!
Io mi levo innanzi al sole
E di tutta la cittade
Col mio grido empio le strade
E nemico alcun non ho.
Ah, di me chi sia più lieto
Sulla terra dir non so.
Spazzacamin! Signori, signore, lo spazzacamin
Vi salva dal fuoco per pochi quattrin.
Ah! Signori, signore, lo spazzacamin!
Talor m'alzo sovra i tetti,
Talor vado per le sale;
Col mio nome i fanciuletti
Timorosi e quieti io fo.
Ah, di me chi sia più lieto
Sulla terra dir non so.
Spazzacamin! Signori, signore, lo spazzacamin
Vi salva dal fuoco per pochi quattrin.
Ah! Signori, signore, lo spazzacamin!

The Chimney Sweep

The Chimney-sweep! I seem ugly
and black,
I stain everyone who presses against me;
I am badly dressed,
Ever barefoot around I go.
Ah! Who could be as happy as I—
On earth I cannot say!
Chimney-sweep! Ladies and gentlemen,
the chimney-sweep
Will save you from fire for a few pennies.
Ah! ladies and gentlemen, the chimney-sweep!
I get up before the sun
And through all the city
With my cry I fill the streets
And I do not have one enemy.
Ah! Who could be as happy as I—
On earth I cannot say!
Chimney-sweep! Ladies and gentlemen,
the chimney-sweep
Will save you from fire for a few pennies.
Ah! ladies and gentlemen, the chimney-sweep!
Now I rise to the rooftops
Now I go through the rooms
With my name the little children
Timid and quiet I make
Ah! Who could be as happy as I—
On earth I cannot say!
Chimney-sweep! Ladies and gentlemen,
the chimney-sweep
Will save you from fire for a few pennies.
Ah! ladies and gentlemen, the chimney-sweep!

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Composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He came from a modest family, and received a musical education thanks to a local patron. Influenced by Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, Verdi achieved renown as an opera composer, both now and in his own time.

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