And I will take thy friendship and boast,
My family, unshunnable, my institution,
Tis’ thee I love the most.
Upon you all, be there bliss,
Deserved and so apt,
What friendship can I return thee?
Thy brother would be rapt.
Thine sisters and brothers I love,
Thou absence the thief of happiness,
Distance doth merit sweet sorrow,
Perchance togetherness I bless.
I will wish to join thee all today,
What says praise it be possible,
For here lies that lonely heart,
For the great Paolo, impossible!
Paolo copyright 1979