by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Maltese Air
Language: English 
Gayly sounds the Castanet, 
Beating time to bounding feet,
When, after daylight's golden set,
Maids and youth by moonlight meet.
Oh!  then, how sweet to move
Thro' all that maze of mirth,
Lighted by those eyes we love,
Beyond all eyes on earth.

Then, the joyous banquet spread
On the cool and fragrant ground,
With night's bright eye beams overhead,
And still brighter sparkling round.
Oh!  then, how sweet to say
Into the lov'd one's ear,
Thoughts reserv'd through many a day,
To be thus whisper'd there.

When the dance and feast are done
Arm in arm as home we stray,
How sweet to see the dawning sun
O'er her cheek's warm blushes play!
Then, then the farewell kiss,
And words whose parting tone
Lingers still in dreams of bliss
That haunt young hearts alone.

Confirmed with The Works of Thomas Moore, Esq., complete in six volumes, first American edition, New York: G. Smith, 1825. Appears in Volume IV: Melodies, in National Airs, pages 272 - 273.


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