Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded were written by Thomas Moore.

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The song was published in his Irish Melodies collection.

Moore’s words were set to the old Irish melody, Sly Patrick. The chords are presented here in the key of G Major. Use our key converter to play the chords in different keys.

Moore’s original notes to the song are also included below.

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Has  
G 
sorrow thy  
Am 
young 
 
 
G 
days 
 
shad
Am 
ed,
 
As  
G 
clouds o’er the  
D7 
morning 
 
 
G 
fleet? 
 
 
D 
 
Too  
G 
fast have those  
Am 
young days  
G 
faded, 
 
 
Am 
 
That,  
G 
even in  
Bm 
sorrow, were  
G 
sweet?
 
Does  
G 
Time with his  
Bm 
cold wing  
Em 
wither 
 
 
G7 
 
Each  
Em 
feeling that  
Em6 
once was  
Am7 
dear? 
 
 
Then,  
G 
child of mis
Am 
fortune, come  
G 
hither,
Am 
I’ll 
 
 
G 
weep with thee,  
Bm 
tear for  
G 
tear.

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Has love to that soul, so tender,
Been like our Lagenian mine. (1)
Where sparkles of golden splendor
All over the surface shine–
But, if in pursuit we go deeper,
Allured by the gleam that shone,
Ah! false as the dream of the sleeper,
Like Love, the bright ore is gone.

Has Hope, like the bird in the story, (2)
That flitted from tree to tree
With the talisman’s glittering glory–
Has Hope been that bird to thee?
On branch after branch alighting,
The gem did she still display,
And, when nearest and most inviting.
Then waft the fair gem away?

If thus the young hours have fleeted,
When sorrow itself looked bright;
If thus the fair hope hath cheated,
That led thee along so light;
If thus the cold world now wither
Each feeling that once was dear:–
Come, child of misfortune, come hither,
I’ll weep with thee, tear for tear.

Moore’s notes to Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Faded

These are the original notes to the song provided by Thomas Moore in the 6th issue of his A Selection of Irish Melodies published in 1815.

(1) Our Wicklow Gold Mines, to which this verse alludes, deserve, I fear, but too well the character here given of them.

(2) “The bird, having got its prize, settled not far off, with the talisman in his mouth. The prince drew near it, hoping it would drop it: but as he approached, the bird took wing, and settled again,”
etc.–“_Arabian Nights_.”

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Has [G]sorrow thy [Am]young [G]days shad[Am]ed,
As [G]clouds o’er the [D7]morning [G]fleet? [D]
Too [G]fast have those [Am]young days [G]faded, [Am]
That, [G]even in [Bm]sorrow, were [G]sweet?
Does [G]Time with his [Bm]cold wing [Em]wither [G7]
Each [Em]feeling that [Em6]once was [Am7]dear? –
Then, [G]child of mis[Am]fortune, come [G]hither,
[Am]I’ll [G]weep with thee, [Bm]tear for [G]tear.

Has love to that soul, so tender,
Been like our Lagenian mine.
Where sparkles of golden splendor
All over the surface shine–
But, if in pursuit we go deeper,
Allured by the gleam that shone,
Ah! false as the dream of the sleeper,
Like Love, the bright ore is gone.

Has Hope, like the bird in the story,
That flitted from tree to tree
With the talisman’s glittering glory–
Has Hope been that bird to thee?
On branch after branch alighting,
The gem did she still display,
And, when nearest and most inviting.
Then waft the fair gem away?

If thus the young hours have fleeted,
When sorrow itself looked bright;
If thus the fair hope hath cheated,
That led thee along so light;
If thus the cold world now wither
Each feeling that once was dear:–
Come, child of misfortune, come hither,
I’ll weep with thee, tear for tear.

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