BELIEVE ME, IF ALL THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS

By Thomas Moore(?)

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 would 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.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheek unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make me more dear.
For the heart which has truly loved ne'er forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets,
The same look that she gave when he rose.

Jim Hancock guitar, mandolin, vocals
Jim Lillquist hammered dulcimer
Bob Bielefeld flute, vocals
Joyce Lillquist autoharp

As performed on the recording:
World Turned Upside Down

another version is found on
Songs of Love (and Other Silly Stuff)

it is in C Major and features:
Douglas S. Kondziolka - melody voice
Jim Hancock - guitar and voice

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