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28 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
dicate that he is running fast, as if in fear of being caught; he is breathless, exhausted by the strain, in fact so exhausted that he stumbles while running and drops the heart.
The fifth verse describes how the heart which the boy dropped is rolling in the sand.
This is the climax of the song. Here the refrain must express supreme terror. The voice must be almost extinct, as if the sight of the rolling heart stops your breath.
'In the sixth and last verse, the words of which contain the glorification of maternal love, you hear the mother's heart speak. The heart does not complain of the child's cruelty, it does not complain of its own tragic fate, all the mother's heart thinks of is: Has my boy in falling hurt himself?
The refrain should indicate the mother's voice. It is supernatural, plaintive, weeping, hardly perceptible, as if coming from beyond the real world.
I shall give you now the words of another song, to illustrate further how by penetrating into the meaning of the song you can find means to amplify the sense of it.
The original text of the song, which belongs to the eighteenth century, is:








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