Cheerfulness (Ciro Pinsuti)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-12). Score information: A4, 10 pages, 146 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP.
First published: 1880 The Orpheus no.28
Description: Dedicated to his friend Lionel Benson. Text from The Merchant of Venice, Act I; Scene I .
Original text and translations
Let me play the fool.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
And let my liver rather heat with wine
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.
Why should a man whose blood is warm within
Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster,
Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice
By being peevish?