The Anvil Chorus

Album: The Story of Classical Music (1853)
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  • Italian:

    Si spiega l’alba e gli zingari sono gia’
    al lavoro alle loro incudini presso il
    fuoco

    Vedi! Le fosche notturne spoglie
    De' cieli sveste l'immensa volta;
    Sembra una vedova che alfin si toglie
    i bruni panni ond'era involta
    All'opra! all'opra!
    Dàgli, martella
    Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?
    La zingarella!

    Versami un tratto; lena e coraggio
    Il corpo e l'anima traggon dal bere

    Oh guarda, guarda! del sole un
    raggio
    Brilla piu vivido nel mio/tuo
    bicchiere!
    All'opra, all'opra
    Dàgli, martella
    Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?
    La zingarella!

    English:

    Dawn is unfolding and the gypsies are already
    at work at their anvils by the fire
    Gypsy men and women
    Look! See how the darkness of night is lifting
    and revealing the great vault of heaven;
    Seems like a widow who is finally casting off
    the dark clothes in which she was enveloped
    To work! To work!
    Ready, hammer!
    Who cheers up the gypsy’s days?
    The gypsy lady!

    Pour me a drink; body and soul draw strength
    and courage from drink

    Oh look, look! A sun’s ray shines brighter in
    my/your glass!
    To work, to work
    Ready, hammer
    Who cheers up the gypsy’s days?
    The gypsy lady!
    Lyrics from a song in Public Domain

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