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182              Music of the Waters.
cannot put into it all the life, and fire, and sweetness, that makes it the thing of beauty it is, when it has the guitar for accompaniment, the soft liquid Italian syllables for words, and the bright, warm sun and turquoise bay to lend it the subtle charm of colour.
" La Carolina " or " Caroline " is a favourite with the' Venetian gondoliers, as well as with the boatmen of Naples. The verses are so stupid that I feel tempted to suppress them, one verse may be perhaps enough to show the maudlin sentiment of them :—
Italian Version.
Aggio visto na figliola,
Bell' assaje e graziosa,
Tutt' acconcia e vrucculosa, Uh !
Che zuccaro che d' e ! Quant' e doce
chella vocca, Quant' e bello chillo riso ! Tu te cride mparadiso quanno sta
vicino a te, Quant' e bello chillo viso. Quant' e
doce chillo riso ! Tu te cride mparadiso quanno sta
vicino a tte !
English Version. I a girl have seen, Very pretty and very graceful, All neatness, and oh ! so kind, A piece of sugar she is to my mind ! Oh, how sweet is that mouth ! Oh, how dear is that smile ! Thou wouldst think thyself in Para­dise Were she near thee but a while !

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