Marie wrote asking about a Sicilian Rhyme…
Just found your site and it’s very interesting.
My sisters and I are recalling a little “diddy” my mother used to say to us when our feet fell “asleep.”
Can you help please?
What we can remember is this – which we all disagreed on how to spell them.
Spieg di pedi
Thank you for your gracious help.
Marie (Giuggio) Hodge
I asked Rt. Rev. Joseph Francavilla if he could help us, since he had helped us with another Sicilian rhyme. He wrote:
I’ll try. “Hasten O feet, the angel comes, he comes singing, hasten… ”
Spieg di could be “Sbrigati piedi from sbrigare to hurry or hasten.
Happy to help out. Brings back many happy memories.
When I sent this to Marie, she wrote back:
Thank you for your effort on that Sicilian rhymes. It has stymied us for nearly a year.
I shall add it to the words I have and as soon as I find the true rhyme I’ll share them with you.
The verb svegliare – to wake up…
Svegli di piedi – Wake up feet
L’angielo veni – The angels are coming
Veni cantata – They come singing
Svegli – ?????
I have been trying to learn the Italian language a huge fete! My mother always asked me to answer her in Italian, but I refused. (stub-bor- en!)
sbrigare – to hurry or hasten
“Hasten O feet
the angel comes,
he comes singing,
Hasten . . .”
I really appreciate you replying to me, Lisa. I’ll let you know when I solve the mystery.
If anyone can help Marie with the rest of this rhyme, please let us know in the comments below.
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