Oh, hark to the sound of the music and laughter that fills the air;
The strains of sweet melody haunting are floating ev'rywhere.
Come now, Carissima, they're calling to you and to me,
Oh, come, raise your eyes, my dear one, and join in the revelry!
Soft breezes sigh and whisper to the leaves,
Love-laden vows, under the boughs,
Borne on the breeze to night,
Oh, sweet delight, love's old story I'll tell to you, dear heart, and read your answer right.
Sing a song of happiness,
Just a kiss and a sweet caress,
Come, Oh! Carissima, come to my heart tonight!
Ah! life was only made for laughter.
Ah! What tho the tears come after
Ah! Life was only made for laughter,
Ah! what tho' the tears come after!
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Come,
Oh, Carissima, come to my heart for I love, I love!
Penn, Arthur A., "Carissima" (1907). Historic Sheet Music Collection. Paper 34.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.