I See the Moon
DESCRIPTION: "I see the moon, the moon sees me, God bless the (moon/sailors) and God bless me."
EARLIEST DATE: 1784 (Gammer Gurton's Garland, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(MW) Britain(England)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 356, "I see the moon" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #425, p. 202, "(I see the moon, and the moon sees me)"
Dolby, p. 176, "I See the Moon" (3 texts)
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, third edition, 1928, notes to #444 ("I see the moon") (1 short text)
NOTES: I believe I learned this, or the first line of it at least, somewhere in my youth, with a tune similar to the "Fiddle-I-Fee" versions of "I Had a Little Rooster." I know of no folk recordings, but that seems to imply some sort of tradition somewhere. And I have seen variants printed in non-folk sources.
Apparently there was a very popular recording issued some decades back, but I know no details. - RBW
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