Row gently here, My gondolier, So softly wake the tide, That not an ear, On earth, may hear, But hers to whom we glide. Had Heaven but tongues to speak, as well As starry eyes to see, Oh, think what tales 'twould have to tell Of wand'ring youths like me! Now rest thee here, My gondolier, Hush, hush, for up I go, To climb yon light Balcony's height, While thou keep'st watch below. Ah! did we take for Heaven above But half such pains as we Take, day and night, for woman's love, What Angels we should be!
Song Cycle by Benjamin Carr (1769 - 1831)
?. The gondolier  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852), "Row gently here", subtitle: "Venetian air", appears in National Airs, first published 1822 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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