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THE GOVERNOR'S VIOLIN.
'Mid the silken perfumed elegance,
Within a stately house, I've heard its rich tones ringing
Through the 'wilderings of Strauss, And I've heard the sigh of gentle ones
Who listened while it bore To charmed hearts, the sweetness
Of the touching " Trovatore."
I've heard it in the evening,
Within a quiet home,
Sing " Swanee River " till the bees
Came humming 'round the comb; 'Mid the phases of the wassail
And the joys of festal cheer, I've heard it change from gay to grave,
From lively to severe.
In tender tones of pleading;
In sighs of spent delight; In greetings to the morning
And in good-byes to the night;