May. 24th, 2017

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A Traveler's Tarantella
by
Joseph Ashby-Sterry
Written in ‘Murray’s Handbook’ while the band in the Piazza San Marco was playing the Tarantella
from Masanielio.


                            I.

All that the tourist can dream of or hear about,
Crowds on your sight as you carelessly peer about,
Quaint water streets you so carefully steer about,
     See the Rialto, and Square of St. Mark!
Floating in gondolas, laughing and jollity,
Cyprian wine of the very best quality,
At Florian’s caffè—mid fun and frivolity—
     Venice delightful from daylight to dark!
          Musicians in plenty,
          Play ‘Ecco ridente,’
or 'Com'è gentil,’ in the still summer night;
                       If you’re in a hurry,
                       Pray look in your Murray
You’ll find his description is perfectly right!
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