Words by Thomas Moore (1808). To the tune of My Lodging is on the Cold Ground (1665)
"Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms" is a popular song written in 1808 by Irish poet Thomas Moore using a traditional Irish air. Moore's young wife had been stricken with smallpox and worried that she would lose her looks. He wrote the words to reassure her.
?My Lodging is on the Cold Ground? is a traditional tune popular in Scotland and Ireland with pipers and fiddle players. It can be traced back to 1665.
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms.
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,
like fairy-gifts fading away, --
Thou wouldst still be ador?d as this moment thou art,
Let they loveliness fade as it will;
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still !
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And they cheeks unprofan?d by a tear,
That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear !
Oh! the heart, that has truly lov?d, never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close;
As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turn?d when he rose !
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