SCENE TO "LITTLE POOR ONE" (LULLABYE)

PICA
No, Francesco.. .

FRANCESCO
All of Assisi says it, Mama. From before I was born you were singing to me.

PICA
Songs of my home.

FRANCESCO
(PROMPTING)
Come, Mama -- how is that luIlabye?

MUSIC UP:
"LITTLE POOR ONE"

PICA

(SINGING)

SLEEP, LITTLE POOR ONE. DREAM, LITTLE POOR ONE. MOONLIGHT IN YOUR EYES, LITTLE POOR ONE. STARLIGHT IN YOUR SMILE. REST LITTLE POOR ONE. SURE, LITTLE POOR ONE. ANGELS TEND YOU ALL THE WHILE.

UNDERSCORE DIALOGUE

FRANCESCO
Everyone loves that song, Mama.

PICA
I used to sing it to myself when your father was away traveling, while I was awaiting your birth.

FRANCESCO
Then I heard it before anyone else in Assisi.

PICA
Yes. You, and the man who came to see us.

FRANCESCO
The beggar?

PICA
There was such a light in his eyes -- as if he wanted to reassure us during Pietro's absence.

FRANCESCO
I wish I couId meet him.

PICA
I've never seen him again, since then.

FRANCESCO
Well, I would like to thank him for worrying over my mother.

PICA
Perhaps your charm was his gift to you . . .

MUSIC UP:
"Little Poor One / Lullabye"