Thomas Moore

(28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852 / Dublin)

Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms - Poem by Thomas Moore

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,
Live fairy-gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst 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 may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
No, 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!


Comments about Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms by Thomas Moore

  • (6/15/2018 7:15:00 PM)


    A nice sentiment, but I would never refer to my wife as the dear ruin. And that line To which time will but make thee more dear needs a grammatical clean-up. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/14/2018 1:39:00 AM)


    A poem about unconditional love we all live for. I know my wife feels the same about me. Too sentimental for today's taste? Well, we have a society That is on the skids, and would be much better to return to this Romantic period. We have lost so much of our humanity in this sophisticated culture. Few people experience real love. (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2018 1:28:00 AM)


    I heard this beautiful poem sung when I was a boy of 10 and I never forgot it! Now, at 81, I still love it and will perform it for my dear wife of 78 on her birthday, just hoping to do it justice! (Report) Reply

  • (3/5/2018 7:01:00 PM)


    Please spare me the romanticizing of the Irish people; I'm sure that Ireland has its fair share of cheats, spivs, bullies and thieves as most other countries. This superb song, perhaps my current favourite, doesn't need to be dressed up with extraneous sentimentality to find itself a place in people's hearts - and their repertoires. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/5/2017 4:40:00 PM)


    i hate this stupid poem i dont like dis at all freak u (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (3/3/2016 2:46:00 PM)


    The kind of love we yearn for- -it is not a love dependent upon youth and its soft, unsagging skin. It is a love of the soul that is portrayed here and gives us women hope that even modern man might be intelligent enough and capable enough of such love. Of course, it goes for women too but I think most women are already capable of seeing beneath the outside appearances. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (3/3/2016 11:43:00 AM)


    Lovely. I especially enjoyed the last lines:

    No, 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!

    Extremely well-crafted. One of the best poems ever.
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  • Moira Cameron (3/3/2016 10:31:00 AM)


    It is morning, I have just turned on my computer to begin my day, and this is how I begin it - by reading this tender poem. What a beautiful start to the morning! (Report) Reply

  • (3/3/2016 4:38:00 AM)


    Beauty and youth and No the heart that has truly loved never forgets.....great meaningful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (3/3/2016 3:58:00 AM)


    'the heart that has truly loved never forgets...' Wonderful poem on love (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/3/2016 2:51:00 AM)


    Beauty and youth! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/3/2016 1:42:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem on different shades of LOVE. Thanks for sharing 10 (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/3/2016 12:49:00 AM)


    I loved it. I'm glad to come across such a nice piece of poetry. this is about true love...about endless love. (Report) Reply

  • (3/3/2016 12:43:00 AM)


    .................a wonderful composition...these are marvelous words of Love ★ (Report) Reply

  • (8/3/2015 6:13:00 PM)


    True every word from the previous comments.
    Such beauty in the way such a lovely picture is painted of words!
    Just awe inspiringly beautiful!
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  • (1/15/2010 10:59:00 AM)


    I wholeheartrdly agree with the two comments submitted. For me the last two lines epitomises what love should be. The poem is just beautiful and also a beautiful song, sung I may add in virtually every language. Sounds good in chinese. I am proud to have been born in the land of Thomas Moore, sadly there the similarity ends. (Report) Reply

  • (12/21/2006 3:35:00 PM)


    I have to agree with Bryan. I've been aware of bits of this for years, but only found it in the Norton Anthology on 20 12 06. Shakespeare would have been hard pressed to surpass this. The richness of the language is astonishing. These people of Ireland have something very special in their hearts when so many of them can weave such beauty with words. This is pure sorcery. Gandalf would be in awe! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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