BETA

V.

IMPROMPTU,

ON BEING REPROACHED WITH INDIFFERENCE TO ROSSINI’S MUSIC.

1.

Sing me thy simple ballad songs1
That rich Italian lay2
To halls of revelry belongs3
Where gladness meets the gay.4
But in this pleasant moonlight hour,5
While lean the roses in6
Through the green lattice of thy
bower,
7
Bravuras were a sin !8

2.

Another time that overture9
But now “ the Banks of Ayr10
Best harmonizes with the pure11
Pale jasmine in thy hair.12
Yes, in this quiet cottage-room,13
’ Mid books and sculpture’s sheen,14
Fill’d with the mignionette’s perfume,15
Bravuras were a sin.16