A piece of vocal music, especially one on an amoreus subject; a serenade. [1913 Webster
" The name serenata was given by Italian composers in the time of Handel, and by Handel himself, to a cantata of a pastoreal of dramatic character, to a secular ode, etc.; also by Mozart and others to an orchectral composition, in several movements, midway between the suite of an earlier period and the modern symphony." Grove.
"Or serenate, which the starved lover sings
To his pround fair."