An Ariette for Music

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An Ariette for Music. To a Lady singing to her Accompaniment on the Guitar
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
First published 1832 as "An Ariette for Music. To a Lady singing to her Accompaniment on the Guitar".

As the moon's soft splendour
O'er the faint cold starlight of Heaven
Is thrown,
So your voice most tender
To the strings without soul had then given
Its own.

The stars will awaken,
Though the moon sleep a full hour later,
To-night;
No leaf will be shaken
Whilst the dews of your melody scatter
Delight.

Though the sound overpowers,
Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
A tone
Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.