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Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms

Artist: JenniferC
Duration: 00:01:14

Adapted from arrangement by Lois Hornbostel. My first exploration of finger picking style playing.

04/01/17 11:26:01AM @jenniferc:

Thanks,  Brian!


Thanks,  also,  Marg and Kristi...didn't see your older comments until now! 

Brian G.
04/01/17 09:43:58AM @brian-g:

Very nice Jennifer!


Fitzcassidy - there are a number of sources of tab for this tune that are freely/legally available on the internet.  Here are two:

04/01/17 09:16:25AM @fitzcassidy:

Thank you, I WILL find this! It's SO beautiful.sun

03/31/17 09:03:29PM @jenniferc:


LOVE this beautiful song. I have searched for the tabs/music for this, with not much luck. Is this an Irish, Scottish tune?


Thanks for listening and commenting.  I found tab for this in Lois Hornbostel's book, "Anthology for the Fretted Dulcimer". I was lucky enough to find a hard copy on ebay, but I believe it is still available as an ebook on her website. The origin of the song is Irish, from the 1700s, I believe. 


03/31/17 08:47:35PM @fitzcassidy:

LOVE this beautiful song. I have searched for the tabs/music for this, with not much luck. Is this an Irish, Scottish tune?


03/04/17 01:01:54AM @marg:

very nice

Kristi Keller
03/03/17 10:48:59AM @kristi-keller:

Believe me my dear, if all those endearing young charms were removed I might see your arms.......

Nice job playing.




03/02/17 05:58:14AM @monica:

very nice playing.

03/01/17 06:19:12PM @jenniferc:

Thank you,  Cynthia! I really like fingerpicking.  It feels like a very intimate connection with the instrument. 

Cynthia Wigington
03/01/17 05:26:57PM @cynthia-wigington:

Jennifer this is so lovely. That's a pretty successful exploration of finger-picking. Really really nice.

02/27/17 02:28:54PM @jenniferc:

 Thank you,  Gordon!   I would love to hear your version.  

Gordon Hardy
02/24/17 03:03:16PM @gordon-hardy:

Jennifer, your rendition sounds truly beautiful, thank you for sharing. I have been attempting to play this piece melody drone style. The lyrics are indeed lovely.

02/24/17 10:36:23AM @jenniferc:

Thank you,  Benjamin and Steven!  Steven. ..this is actually an old Irish air, whose name I don't know,  the Irish poet Thomas Moore set lyrics to it in 1808, supposedly as a way to reassure his wife,  who had contracted smallpox, that his love for her was unwavering.   A very sweet story.   The lyrics are lovely:


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, 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!

Oh! the 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!

Steven Berger
02/24/17 10:08:59AM @steven-berger:

Very nice, Jennifer! You've cleared up a mystery for me...I've always wondered what the name of that tune was. Thanks!



Benjamin W Barr Jr
02/24/17 08:42:35AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Very pretty.