‘Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms’

Long, long ago–in 1808, to be precise–this was popular music: Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms, by Thomas Moore. Tradition has it that he wrote these lyrics in honor of his wife, who was stricken with smallpox, and to pledge his enduring love for her. We have it here by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

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If these don’t move you, I give up.

3 comments on “‘Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms’

  1. What has happened to love, in our culture? Love songs used to be all but ubiquitous and, in fact, it was hard to find a Top 40 song that wasn’t romantic, to the core. But love songs, and love itself, seem to have faded from much of the public consciousness. As I listen to this, it’s obvious that it was written with a sense of gratitude for the love in the composter’s life. You don’t hear that very often, these days.

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