Believe me, if all those endearing young charms (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2010-04-21)  CPDL #21471:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Jennifer Lee (submitted 2010-04-19).   Score information: 18 x 26 cm, 1 page, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Believe me, if all those endearing young charms
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional) Irish Air

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1917

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Original text and translations

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1. Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow, and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts, fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will;
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still!

2. It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And they cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close;
As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose!