by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Believe me, if all those endearing young...
Language: English 
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,
Like [fairy-gifts]1, fading away!
Thou wouldst still be ador'd 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 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!
[No, the]2 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!

V. Herbert sets stanza 1

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ; composed by Ignaz Brüll.

Researcher for this text: Robert Grady

This text was added to the website: 2004-06-12
Line count: 16
Word count: 134