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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Sicilian Emigrant’s Song
By William Carlos Williams
In New York Harbor

O—EH—lee! La—la!
    Donna! Donna!
Blue is the sky of Palermo;
Blue is the little bay;
And dost thou remember the orange and fig,        5
The lively sun and the sea breeze at evening?
Donna! Donna! Maria!
O—eh—li! La—la!
    Donna! Donna!        10
Gray is the sky of this land.
Gray and green is the water.
I see no trees, dost thou? The wind
Is cold for the big woman there with the candle.
    Hey—la!        15
Donna! Donna! Maria!
O—eh—li! O—la!
    Donna! Donna!
I sang thee by the blue waters;
I sing thee here in the gray dawning.        20
Kiss, for I put down my guitar;
I’ll sing thee more songs after the landing.
    O Jesu, I love thee!
Donna! Donna! Maria!

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