Tune of the Day: Row Gently Here
This song was published in the 1822 collection National Airs by the famous Irish poet, singer and songwriter Thomas Moore.
Row gently here, my gondolier; so softly wake the tide, That not an ear on earth may hear, but hers to whom we glide. Had Heaven but tongues to speak, as well as starry eyes to see, O, think what tales ’t would have to tell of wandering youths like me!
Now rest thee here, my gondolier; hush, hush, for up I go, To climb yon light balcony’s height, while thou keep’st watch below. Ah! did we take for heaven above but half such pains as we Take day and night for woman’s love, what angels we should be!
The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.