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The only known manuscript text of this Italian cradle song is the
draft DGR wrote in
a notebook now in the Duke University Library. Another more finished copy must have been known to WMR, who
was the first to publish the work. It is one of several Italian songs that DGR wrote in the 1870s, the most important
of which is
one he called “Barcarola”.
First printed by WMR from an unknown manuscript in volume I (page 375) of his
1886 collected edition of
DGR's works, and included thereafter.
The song may be loosely rendered thus: A girl butterfly says to a little boy bat: O see
how happy he is in his crib! And we've made it happen, we two together, for nothing happens without us.