Sheet music for a Victorian ballad dedicated to Miss Elizabeth Helmore of Newton St Cyres. who married Joseph Carter of Exwick in 1844
"Have you not seen the timid tear"
The poetry by Thos Moore, Esq.
The music composed and dedicated to
Miss Elizabeth Helmore
(Newton St Cyres near Exeter)
by Edwin J. Nielson
Have you not seen the timid tear
Steal trembling from mine eye?
Have you not mark'd the flush of fear,
Or caught the murmur'd sigh?
And can you think my love shall chill,
Nor fix'd on you alone?
And can you rend by doubting still,
A heart too much your own?
To you my soul's affections move,
Devoutly, warmly true;
My life has been a task of love,
One long, long thought of you;
If all your tender faith is o'er,
If still my truth you'll try,
Alas! I know but one proof more
I'll bless your name and die!
Helmores can claim to be probably the oldest established firm of estate agents in the country, having been in business since 1699. The company was initially founded in Exeter, but moved to Crediton some 120 years ago. The last Helmore to run the business was Bert who died in 1965. As he had no sons to inherit the business it passed to his partner Alan Stoyle senior. He retained the Helmore name and since then the business has been run by a further two generations of the Stoyle family, Alan junior and Rob. Helmores are also one of our museum sponsors.