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An Aria A Day #40

BERNARD WHEATON
‘Believe me, if all those endearing young charms’
by Thomas Moore
Piano Ming Leung

17th June, 2020

This popular Irish folk song ‘Believe me, if all those endearing young charms’ was written in 1808 by Irish poet Thomas Moore using a traditional Irish air. As Bernard Wheaton explains here in his introduction, it is thought that after Moore’s wife, Elizabeth, contracted smallpox she was badly scarred and refused to leave her room, believing herself ugly and unlovable. To convince her his love was unwavering, Moore composed the ‘Endearing’ poem which he set to an old Irish melody and sang outside her bedroom door.

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