We began today’s selection with a poem by Thomas Moore; I thought you might enjoy these two renditions of a more famous poem by him.
The tenor is Allan Bruce, and someone commenting on YouTube said:
This song takes on more meaning when you learn that Thomas wrote it for his wife Bessy, whom he married when she was fourteen, after she had contracted a terrible skin disease which robbed her of her beauty. She feared greatly that Thomas would leave her. He wrote this song for her to reassure her that he never would, and he never did. It’s said that she had locked herself in her room away from the world and that this song gave her the courage to come back out into the light.
Here the poem is read by ‘Spoken Word’.