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X:1 T:Love's Young Dream M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Boldly" S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 590 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G d/c/|B2G A2E|G2E DEG|A3 A3|(A3 A2) d/c/| B2G A2E|G2 E DEF|G3 G3|(G3 G2)|| A|B2c d2d|e2f g2e|d2B A2G|{B}(A3 A2) d/c/| B2G A2E|G2E DEF|A3 A3|(A3 A2) d/c/| B G2 A2E|G2E DEF|G3 G3|(G3 G2)||

LOVE'S YOUNG DREAM (Aisling Og an Graid). AKA and see "Hark I Hear the Ocean's Sweep." Irish, Jig or Air (6/8 time, "boldly"). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill): AABB (Kerr). A 6/8 time setting of the melody known as "Old Woman (The)," "Poor Old Woman (The)," and "Sean-Bhean Bhocht (An)." See also O'Neill's close variant "Shady Groves."

"Love's Young Dream" is the name of the song by Thomas Moore set to the 6/8 version of the air. His lyric begins:

Love's Young Dream (1887), by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850-1935)

Oh! the days are gone when Beauty bright
My heart's chain wove,
When my dream of life from morn till night
Was love, still love.
New hope may bloom,
And days may come
Of milder, calmer beam,
But there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream:
No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.

The air was entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter, a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

Child actress Shirley Temple sang the song in the 1935 film "The Little Colonel" [1].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 112. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 256, p. 28. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 590, p. 104. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 137, p. 53 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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