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Now is not the time for waiting

Now is not the time for waiting
When the weather is fine and breezy
Now is not the time for waiting
When the weather is fine and breezy
When in an instant
Everything can change
Now is not the time for waiting
When the weather is fine and breezy

If you are leaving, make it quick,
Say what you have to say
It's a well-known and obvious fact
That violets don't last long
And snow under the hot sun
Usually becomes water again
Now is not the time for waiting
When the weather is fine and breezy

English translation by Paul Archer of the text of Non è tempo d’aspettare by Marchetto Cara (1470-1525).

Non è tempo d’aspettare

Non è tempo d’aspettare
Quando s’ha bonazza e vento
Non è tempo d’aspettare
Quando s’ha bonazza e vento
Che si vede in un momento
Ogni cosa variare
Non è tempo d’aspettare
Quando s’ha bonazza e vento

Se tu sali fa pur presto
Lassa dir che dire vuole
Questo è noto e manifesto
Che non durano le viole
E la neve al caldo sole
Sòle in acqua ritornare
Non è tempo d’aspettare
Quando s’ha bonazza e vento

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