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A Posy of Lullabies: The New Moon

A selection of English lullabies collected by Peter A. Higham

The New Moon


Below you will find sheet music and lyrics for "The New Moon." Click on the images to enlarge.

Sheet music and lyrics for
Sheet music and lyrics for

Lyrics


Dear Mother, how pretty the moon looks tonight,
It was never so cunning before,
Its two little horns are so sharp and so bright,
I hope they won’t grow any more.
If I were up there with you and my friends,
I’d rock in it nicely you’d see,
For I’d sit in the middle and hold by both ends,
Oh what a nice cradle ‘twould be-e-e-e,
I’d sit in the middle and hold by both ends,
Oh what a nice cradle ‘twould be!

I would call to the stars to get out of my way,
Lest we should rock over their toes.
And there we would rock, ‘till the dawn of the day,
And see where the pretty moon goes.
And there we would stay in the beautiful sky,
And through the bright clouds we would roam,
We would see the sunset, and see the sunrise,
And on the next rainbow come ho-o-o-me,
We would see the sunset and see the sunrise,
And on the next rainbow come home.

Credits


Original music for “The New Moon” likely by H. P. Sawyer with lyrics by a Mrs. Follen. Lullaby lyrics recollected by Edna Louie (Holland) Wright; lullaby melodies recalled by Marguerite Elizabeth (Holland) Higham; lullaby accompaniments composed for guitar by Peter Higham.