Menken, Adah Isaacs
THOU Pleiad of the lyric world
Where Pasta, Garcia shone,
Come back with thy sweet voice again,
And gem the starry zone.
Though faded, still the vision sees
The loveliest child of nights,
The fairest of the Pleiades,
Its glory and its light.
How fell with music from thy tongue
The picture which it drew
Of Lucia, radiant, warm, and young--
Amina, fond and true.
Or the young Marie's grace and art,
So free from earthly strife,
Bearing upon the sounding heart,
The gay tattoo. of life!
Fair Florence! home of glorious Art,
And mistress of its sphere,
Clasp fast thy beauties to thy heart--
Behold thy rival here!