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Posted By: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
29-Mar-02 - 12:40 PM
Thread Name: Origins: I See the Moon, The Moon Sees Me
Subject: RE: I see the Moon, The Moon sees me
Joe Offer's post above:


I see the moon, the moon sees me,
God bless the moon and God bless me,
There's grace in the cottage and grace in the hall,
And the grace of God is over us all.

Source: "Cut the Loaf: Irish Children's Songs," Carmel O Boyle, Mercier Press, 1986.

This version actually first appears in P. W. Joyce's 'Old Irish Folk Music and Songs' 1909, #118 with music notation

Joyce says, 'On the first appearance of the new moon, anumber of children linked hands and danced, keeping time to the following verse-'

he is remembering his childhood from 1830's, (born 1827), so this Irish variant goes back a ways, obviously borrowed and adapted from an English original, prb. Mother Goose, since there are no Gaelic versions to be found, or are there?