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GUEST,Pete Peterson astronomical songs (24) RE: Folklore: astronomical songs 28 Mar 04


Anne Croucher--
My copy of Chappell, Popular Music of Olden Times lists about six verses to When the King enjoys his own again . . . Booker, Pond and Rivers were all popular astrologers of the time and "gazing on the skies" refers to astrology, not astronomy. Of course, the two were still rather closely linked (there is still extant a copy of the horoscope that Kepler did for Wallenstein; I've seen it reproduced)

1st verse, from Chappell:

What BOOKER could prognosticate
Concerning kings or kingdoms fate
I think myself to be as wise
As he that gazeth on the skies
My skills run beyond the depths of a POND
or RIVERS, in the highest rain,
Whereby I can tell that all things will be well
When the King enjoys his own again
(All three names were in bold in my copy, with an explanation)

Moxie, most songs with references to bleeding moon and/or falling stars will refer not to astronomy but to the Last Days as discussed in the book of Revelation. There are a lot of those songs, e.g., Taylor Griggs' Louisiana Melody Makers "When the moon drips away into blood." Good luck


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