Music - The Moon Shines Bright
"This carol is common in the old broadsides, and some of its verses have strayed into other folk-carols (e.g. into the May Carol from Hertfordshire, printed in Hone's Every-day Book, 1821, cf. No. 47). The longer version, in ten verses, is printed by Sandys, Husk, Bullen and others; it includes the 'With one turf verse, and concludes with New Year wishes (like those of No. 47, with 'here' and 'Year' instead of 'stay' and 'May'); but the song is clearly a Passion carol or Atonement carol, of the type that became common in the later carol era. We have used Husk's form of v. 6. V. 3 is a variant of the first verse of 'Jerusalem, my happy home' (see No. 132), the twenty-six verses of which are in the English Hymnal and Songs of Praise. The first tune has been familiar since its publication by Bramley & Stainer in 1871. It might perhaps be some version of this carol to which Shakespeare refers in the page's song, 'It was a lover and his lass', in As You Like It:"
"This carol they began that hour.
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, How that a life was but a flower,
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time."
This collection is an influential carol anthology first published in 1928, edited by Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although the New Oxford Book of Carols was published in 1992, the original still has value in its own right, and is still in print. Publisher: Oxford university Press, Oxford; Music Ed edition (26 Jan 1984); ISBN-10: 0193533154; ISBN-13: 978-0193533158.
The moon shines bright and the stars give a light
A little before the day,
Our Lord our God he called us,
And bid us awake and pray.
Awake, awake, good people all,
Awake and you shall hear,
Our Lord our God died on the cross,
For us whom he loved so dear.
O fair, O fair Jerusalem,
When shall I come to Thee?
When shall my sorrows have an end,
Thy joy that I might see.
The fields were green as green could be
When from his glorious seat
Our Lord, our God, he blessed us
With his heavenly dew so sweet.
And for the saving of our souls
Christ died upon the cross;
We ne'er shall do for Jesus Christ
As he has done for us.
The life of man is but a span
And cut down in his flower;
We are here to-day and to-morrow are gone,
And we are dead in an hour.
My song is done, I must be gone
I can stay no longer here
God bless you all, both great and small,
And send you a happy New Year.
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