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Believe Me If All Those
Endearing Young Charms
Traditional Irish air, first printed in a London songbook in 1775.
Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote the words in 1808.  Sir John Andrew Stevenson is credited for the music to Moore's words.
C C7 F -
C G7 C G7
C C7 F Cdim
C G7 C -
- - F -
C G7 C G7
C C7 F Cdim
C G7 C -               (repeat)
12-beat intro.  Play 3-beats for each cell, reading from left to right.
This Song is in 3/4 waltz time.
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'st 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 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.
Oh! 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.
Arranged by Jim Bottorff
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