Hark !  Italy’s music1
Melts over the sea ;2
Falling light from some lattice,3
Where cavaliers be :4
And sweet lady voices5
Steal over the deep,6
To hush all around us7
The billows to sleep.8
Our gondola gently9
Goes over the wave :10
As though it were dreaming11
To sounds that enslave:—12
We listen—we listen !13
How blessed are we,14
Who hear this dim music15
O’er Italy’s sea !16