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L'innamorata (1879)

L'innamorata

So innamorata di due giovinotti
Uno de' due non so qual lasciare.
Quel piccinino mi par il più bello,
Quello più grande non posso lasciare.
A quel piccino gl'ho dato la vita,
A quel più grande la palma fiorita,
A quel piccino gl'ho dato l'alma,
A quel più grande una fiorita palma.
Quello più grande mi par tanto bello,
Non so se l'è o se amore m'inganna.
Ma quel piccino mi par anche bello,
Perchè l'ha fatto bello la sua mamma
Perchè l'ha fatto bello e colorito,
Pare un roasajo quando gli è fiorito.
So innamorata di due giovinotti
Uno de' due non so qual lasciare.
Quel piccinino mi par il più bello,
Quello più grande non posso lasciare.
A quel piccino gliho dato l'alma,
A quel più grande la palma fiorita,
A quel piccino gli ho dato l'alma,
A quel più grande una fiorita palma.

The woman in love

I am in love with two young men,
And I don’t know which one of the two to leave.
The little one seems the most beautiful one to me,
But I cannot leave the taller one.
I have given life to the little one,
And to the taller one the flowery prize;
I have given the little one a soul,
And to the taller one a flowery prize.
The taller one seems to me so very beautiful,
I don’t know whether he really is or whether love is deceiving me.
But the little one also seems beautiful to me,
Because his mother made him beautiful,
Because she made him beautiful and bright;
When he is flowering he seems like a rose bush.
I am in love with two young men,
And I don’t know which one of the two to leave.
The little one seems the most beautiful one to me,
But I cannot leave the taller one.
I have given the little one a soul,
And to the taller one the flowery prize;
I have given the little one a soul,
And to the taller one a flowery prize.

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Composer

Pauline Viardot was a leading nineteenth-century French mezzo-soprano, pedagogue, and composer of Spanish descent.


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