LA SCERTA (The Choice)

Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli 1791 (Rome) – 1863



Sta accusì. La padrona cor padrone,
Volenno marità la padroncina
Je portonno davanti una matina,
Pe sceje, du' bravissime perzone.

Un de li dua aveva una ventina
D'anni, e du' spalle peggio de Sanzone;
E l'antro lo diceveno un riccone
Ma aveva un po' la testa cennerina.

Subbito er giuvinotto de quer paro
Se fece avanti a dì: "Sora Lucia,
Chi volete de noi? parlate chiaro".

"Pe dilla, me piacete voi e lui",
Rispose la zitella; "e ppijerìa
Er cicio vostro e li quadrini sui".

English

This is how it went. My master and mistress,
Wishing to have their daughter married
One morning brought in front of her
Two very respectable persons to choose.

One of the two was about twenty
Years old, and had shoulders wider than Samson's;
While the other one was known as a rich man
But had a few grey hair.

Immediately the young man of the couple
Started saying: "Miss Lucy,
Who of us do you want? speak frankly".

"Really, I like both of you",
Answered the girl; "and I would take
Your tool and his money".

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAAA AAAA BCB XCD XXXX DDAX XDD XXA
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,008
Words 184
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3, 3

Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli

Giuseppe Francesco Antonio Maria Gioachino Raimondo Belli was an Italian poet, famous for his sonnets in Romanesco, the dialect of Rome. more…

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